I’ve wanted to see Anthony Gormley’s “Another place” statues for quite some time now. It has always struck me as both an interesting concept and possibly photogenic. So, while in Lancashire a couple of months ago, it seemed worth taking a trip to see it even though the weather didn’t look that good. In practice I found them striking and evocative. As can be seen the light was possibly not the best I could have hoped for but it certainly could have been worse.
The light on the water was constantly changing and the backdrops to the statues of the Welsh hills and the offshore wind farm provided some varied images that I rather like. It really is somewhere I’d love to return to in other conditions both in terms of light as well as tide and wave conditions. It is quite hard to grasp the scale of the installation as there are 100 statues there.
I’ve blogged on the subject of East Lancashire’s Panopticon series of public artworks before and the posts are here and here. There are four works in this series and this is the third one I have visited. Known as the Haslingden Halo it is situated above the town of Haslingden on an old landfill site. Once again I wasn’t that lucky with the weather. Indeed these two images were separated by a very heavy rain storm. The elevated nature of the site meant I could see it coming and so I managed to stay dry. While the “Singing Ringing Tree” remains my favourite I’d like to go back to this one again in better or at least more interesting weather conditions.