A life-sized cast iron sculpture by Antony Gormley will be at the Lengthsman's Cottage on the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal until May 2016.
Lengthsman’s Cottage at Lowsonford, which dates from 1812, was built for a former lock keeper who maintained not just the lock but also the stretch of canal to the next lock. With its barrel-roof, it is a rare survivor of its type on the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal, and played a part in the industrial revolution.
“The lock-keeper's cottage is the perfect foil to the four other LAND sites. There is a domestic, cosy, inland feel with the sculpture looking down reflectively into the captured water." Antony Gormley
A sculpture by renowned artist Antony Gormley was positioned beside the cottge for all to see as part of the Landmark Trust's 50th anniversary celebrations in May 2015. The sculpture is also at four Landmarks around the British coast, anchored by the canal-side spot here in the West Midlands.
The life-sized cast iron sculptures, together entitled LAND, will be Antony Gormley's only solo outdoor installation in the UK in 2015.
Lengthsman’s Cottage was personally chosen by Antony Gormley and the sculpture specially designed and created for the site. All of the LAND sites will have full public access and be free for everyone to enjoy until May 2016.
Antony Gormley commented: “The lock-keeper's cottage is the perfect foil to the four other LAND sites. There is a domestic, cosy, inland feel with the sculpture looking down reflectively into the captured water and stillness of the man-made lock, a marked contrast to the wild and rugged coastal sites of LAND where the sculptures look out over an ocean towards a horizon.”
Tim Eastop, Producer of Arts on the Waterways programme at the Canal & River Trust, said: “We’re delighted that Ned’s Lock on the South Stratford Canal has been chosen by Antony and the Landmark Trust. It’s an honour to celebrate the Landmark’s Trust’s 50th with them, as well as the history behind the Lengthsman’s Cottage and the story of those who lived there and worked along the canal."
“We want to explore how water and art can inspire people, to help them reflect or dream." Tim Eastop
"“We want to explore how water and art can inspire people, to help them reflect or dream. Our Arts on the Waterways programme aims to bring world class artworks and people to the water, and to have a Gormley work as part of that is simply brilliant. It’s already proving really popular, and we hope even more people are able to come and see it during its stay on the canal."
Last date edited: 16 July 2015