Antony Gormley_22

1979 – 1991 – Three Part Object Works 
Land Sea and Air I is the foundation of my work. It is based on a granite shore stone brought from the west coast of Ireland, which was covered in lead and then reopened. In separating the form from the substance, I realised that it was possible to remove the indexical imprint of an object from the object itself. In the finished piece, I covered the stone two more times. One case is filled with water, one is left empty, and the third contains the original stone. I see lead as the agency through which substance becomes imagination. The elements are removed from sight, touch, even sound: to summon the substance from the name, we have to imagine it. Three identical forms that contain the primary elements of this planet and demand our imaginative involvement. All of the lead works are responses to the Cold War and the fear that humans might be the agents of their own destruction. This work, by preserving the three basic elements out of which all forms and life itself come, is a guarantee: seeds of a future world beyond potential nuclear destruction.

Three Part Object Works Land Sea and Air I 1977/79 Lead/stone/water/air Three elements, each approx. 20 x 31 x 20 cm

Three Thoughts was the reply to that proposition, suggesting that thoughts too could have form. Thoughts have an infinite extendibility. The largest objects that we know are all planets. This work makes concrete the connection between thought and substance.
Three Part Object Works Three Thoughts 1984/85 Lead/fibreglass/plaster/air Diameter: 99 cm