WORK INSTALLED AT KIRKLEES COLLEGE, DEWSBURY
WORK was installed on the rooftop of Kirklees College's new Pioneer Higher Skills Centre in April 2021. The sculpture is an early example of Antony Gormley's 'Beamer' series, which investigates the space of a human body by using the structures of the body that normally contain it.
The 6-foot, 286kg cast iron sculpture is made up of a network of interlocking beams, suggesting that the body is as much a register of space as it is a displacer of it. It is constructed from blocks and beams set to x/y/z coordinates, containing voids that allow space to penetrate the body. It looks outwards to the horizon towards the wider townscape.
Yorkshire has a long association with the dynamic relationship between mining, manufacturing and engineering and a rich heritage in all forms of industrial fabrication. WORK is a celebration of Dewsbury's hands-on making culture and expresses the spirit and values of the town and region.