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Iron baby by Anthony Gormley (image Andreas Schmidt)
Iron baby by Antony Gormley (image Andreas Schmidt)
Location: Who am I?, first floor Wellcome Wing
Iron Baby is a cast-iron sculpture of a life-size newborn baby lying alone on the gallery floor. Although the sculpture was modelled on Gormley’s daughter, the baby has no obvious gender or race. Gormley typically uses his own body as subject, tool and material to create adult-size sculptures. His work investigates the relationship we have with our surroundings and the incongruous sight of the tiny Iron Baby, dwarfed by the scale of the gallery, makes a powerful statement about the vulnerability of humans. The artist chose to cast this sculpture in iron, a material found at the Earth's core, creating a contrast between the sculpture's delicate form and the tough material from which it is made.
British artist Antony Gormley (born 1950) has been creating sculptural works based on the human form - especially his own body - since the 1980s. His work includes the vast Angel of the North (1995), sited near the A1 motorway in Gateshead, and Another Place (1997), an array of life-sized statues spread across the beach at Crosby, Merseyside.
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