I was away in Liverpool this week checking out some art. I was at the Walker Gallery and saw a Peter Doig painting, which I was excited about. It is titled 'Blotter'.
I went out to Crosby beach to see Antony Gormley's Another Place. Another Place consists of 100 cast-iron, life-size figures spread out along three kilometers of the foreshore, stretching almost one kilometre out to sea. Contractors spent three weeks lifting the figures into place and driving them into the beach on the-metre-high foundation piles. The Another Place figures each one weighing 650 kilos are made from casts of the artist's own body and are shown at different stages of rising out of the sand, all of them looking out to sea, staring at the horizon in silent expectation.
The work is seen as a poetic response to the individual and universal sentiments associated with emigration - sadness at leaving, but the hope of a new future in another place.