6 TIMES LEFT from 6 TIMES (2010)
About this artwork
‘6 TIMES’ comprises six life-size figures, positioned between the grounds of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the sea at Leith Docks, Edinburgh. Typical of Gormley’s oeuvre, the figures are casts of the artist’s body. Each looks in a slightly different way, which is referenced to in the subtitles: ‘Horizon’, ‘Ground’, ‘Left’, ‘Right’ and ‘Sky’. The work is quiet and contemplative, drawing attention to the natural and man-made environment of the Water of Leith, which runs through the heart of Edinburgh. Gormley encourages the viewer to consider how human beings fit into the social and natural landscapes they inhabit, how they understand identity and how they engage with one another.
- title: 6 TIMES LEFT from 6 TIMES
- accession number: GMA 5126.5
- artist: Antony GormleyEnglish (born 1950)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Sculpture
- subject: Nudity
- date created: 2010
- measurements: 191.00 x 50.00 x 36.00 cm
- credit line: Commissioned by the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, with support from the Art Fund, funds from the Gulbenkian Museum of the Year award 2004, and further support from The Patrons of the National Galleries of Scotland, Claire Enders and The Henry Moore Foundation.
- copyright: © THE ARTIST
After taking a degree in archaeology, anthropology and art history at Cambridge University, Gormley spent three years in India studying Buddhism. On his return to London, he went to art school. Gormley is best known for his body casts; his first body casts in lead date from 1981. Over the last twenty years his work has focused on an investigation of the body as a place of memory and transformation, using his own body as the subject. Gormley won the Turner Prize in 1994, and in 1997 created the twenty-metre high 'Angel of the North' on Tyneside.