We drove to the marina and couldn't see them, I presume you have to get out of the car and walk?!
Its better if you go to Burbo Bank Kev, thats right by Crosby Lifeboat Station.Originally Posted by kev
If you go there the car park is right overlooking the statues.
We went to Crosby Marina but its a good walk and slightly knackering.
Even Cherie found them Kev !
Originally Posted by kev
Kev you really need to see these things before they go elsewhere,they are worth the effort and yes you have to get out of your car.
I wish they could stay. They are being sent to New York.
Pity they couldn't just leave one or two here for us - there are enough of them. Or couldn't they just make a few more for us to keep
They could have bought them for 1.5 million but I think the sefton council haven't opted to because they would have to pay for their upkeep,they reckon they have put 3 million into the local economy so they've already paid for themselves twice over so it seems a bargain to me,I hope they have a change of heart because I'd be sad to see them go.
Gormley happy to stop statues from walking.
ARTIST Antony Gormley would be happy for his iron men to stay permanently at Crosby beach - but only if their long-term future can be guaranteed.
Last week, the ECHO revealed that discussions were taking place over whether it was feasible to keep the statues either for Capital of Culture year or permanently.
The installation has attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors since it was unveiled last June, and has generated an estimated £3m for the local economy.
But it is due to be moved to New York in November.
National Museums Liverpool, Liverpool Biennial and the Culture Company have all been involved in talks with South Sefton Development Trust over the artwork's future.
Antony Gormley is abroad. But a member of his team said for the installation to remain there would have to be "the right kind of commitment and investment on the part of people who make the decisions."
She added: "He would like the installation to stay if it was possible, but we're very aware of the difficulties there were getting the right authority to have it there temporarily.
"We'd have to secure the future in terms of conservation and there are many things to talk about to make sure it's safeguarded for posterity."
Meanwhile Gormley's iron army marches on. But the newest figures are not bound for Crosby.
Instead, they are waiting to be shipped to Calabria in southern Italy, where they will be among olive trees and on hills in an archaeological park.
Although the figures, each weighing 650kg, are the same as the 100 statues spread across the Crosby sands, Mr Gormley's studio says the artwork is completely different.
The statues have been cast at West Bromwich foundry firm Joseph & Jesse Siddons Ltd.
Managing director Andrew Siddons said: "We got involved nine years ago when we cast 30 of the original statues which are at Crosby, and we've done all 100 of the new figures."
If they kept just one or two, they wouldn't cost too much to maintain surely??Originally Posted by Paul D
I know there are meant to be many of the iron men looking out to sea, but I think if we could just keep maybe two of them, they would look just as intriguing. They would be a nice reminder of the originals.
I will be very sad to see them go.
Personally I've got a feeling they'll be kept at crosby myself.
It's beautiful when it's sunny.
Thanks Victoria.Originally Posted by victorialush
Originally Posted by victorialush
ditto .... they are excellent pics.
Thanks Lindy the views of the Wirral and North Wales in the Summer is special.Originally Posted by lindylou
Anthony Gormley's Another Place art installation at Crosby Beach in Merseyside has been named as the Best Tourism Experience in the region.
Liverpool's World Museum was named the Large Visitor Tourist Attraction of the Year at the Mersey Partnership Tourism Awards, held in the city on Friday.
The museum, which has an aquarium and a Bug House, was renovated and expanded to nearly twice its size last year.
Wirral's Spaceport museum also scooped the Tourism for All award.
Martin King, director of tourism at the Mersey Partnership, said the night is another memorable landmark for the tourism industry.
He said with three major events in the region in the next two years - Liverpool's 800th birthday, Capital of Culture in 2008 and the Open golf championships in Wirral this summer - there has never been a more exciting time for the region.
It was deserved I do hope we get to keep it.
Here's a few more from Crosby beach.
ANTONY Gormley's iron men on Crosby beach have landed another prestigious award.
South Sefton Development Trust, the organisation that brought Another Place to the area, has been honoured in the waterside regeneration category of the 2006 Northwest Business Environment Awards.
The award, presented at a gala dinner at Manchester's Palace Hotel, was the third major honour this year for the 100 Gormley sculptures.
The artwork has also been recognised as best tourism experience of the year in the Mersey Partnership Tourism Awards and as one of the best examples of regeneration in the region by the RENEW Northwest Exemplar Learning Programme.
The Northwest Business Environment Awardaims to recognise an exceptional, innovative project that enhances its waterside site while making a positive impact on the wider area. The award says that, as well as being an "awe-inspiring installation" in its own right, Another Place represents "the true spirit of regeneration".
ANTONY GORMLEY'S iron men statues are set to become a permanent feature on the Merseyside coast.
A charitable trust is expected to be set up within days to stop the Another Place artwork being removed from Crosby beach this autumn.
The board of trustees, to include MPs and high-profile business people, would raise funds to buy the piece, ending months of speculation over whether it would remain in the region for the 2008 celebrations.
Sefton officials believe the statues, due to move to New York in November, will act as a catalyst for the regeneration of the coastline.
Crosby MP Claire Curtis-Thomas, who would be on the board, told the Daily Post: "This is an internationally-renowned work of art and it should stay in the area. I think we may well have found a way to keep them here for Capital of Culture year."
The trust was proposed by television presenter Loyd Grossman, chairman of the North West Cultural Consortium, after repeated requests from the public and politicians to keep the statues on Merseyside.
Councillors on Sefton's cabinet are expected to approve the proposal at a meeting on Thursday.
The board would include Neil Pakey, chief executive of Liverpool John Lennon Airport, David Wade-Smith, chairman of the Mersey Partnership tourism committee, and Sara Wilde, chairwoman of Mersey Waterfront and managing director of the Liverpool Daily Post and Echo.
Members would begin assessing the viability of keeping the statues, start raising funds and enter into a contract with Sefton to keep them maintained and insured.
Negotiations have already taken place with Mr Gormley and his commercial dealer, and officials have set a working target of £2m for the purchase, modifications and maintenance.
In a report to go before cabinet on Thursday, Sefton chief executive Graham Haywood says the piece has created a "feelgood factor" in Crosby, by creating jobs, doubling visitor numbers and boosting the local economy.
He says a series of projects could benefit from the statues' positive profile, including the refurbishment of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal towpath, proposals to transform Crosby marine lake into a specialist watersports centre, and converting Seaforth's radar tower into a public observatory.
Mr Haywood also highlights the role of Another Place as "a source of local educational and artistic inspiration".
He adds: "The interest provoked by Another Place among schoolchildren, their parents and the wider community is strong, with spin-off projects already being enthusiastically supported, but it could be taken much further still."
It is hoped a planning application will be lodged in October. However, the trust needs to have carried out a programme of reviews by mid-August, amid environmental and safety concerns.
There is also a risk the statues could deteriorate over the next 10 years, or lose their appeal.
Reviews would include studies on coastal impact, wildlife and beach safety issues, as well as a transport assessment and a public consultation.
In his report, Mr Haywood states: "This is an ambitious work programme for the time available.
"There may be the need to seek an interim extension of time to assemble the longer-term case.
"Antony Gormley has recently indicated he would be prepared to defer removal to New York for a limited period if there is sufficient progress towards Another Place being purchased and remaining on Crosby beach."
The principal agency supporting the trust would be Liverpool Biennial, while Liverpool solicitors Hill ****enson have been commissioned to provide legal advice.
Accolades - and visitors - flood in for masterpiece
A YEAR on from the official launch of Another Place, the installation has won three major tourism awards and attracted visitors from all over the UK and as far afield as Russia.
Visitor numbers to the sculptures, which were cast from Mr Gormley's body, are expected to have hit the 600,000 mark by November.
The 100 statues, instal- led at a cost of £150,000, are also expected to bring £6m to the local economy before they are due to leave - £1m more than was expected.
More than 700 pupils in 20 schools have been involved in an education project based on the sculptures.
I told we'd get to keep them way back didn't I this is brilliant news.
A £2m CAMPAIGN to keep Antony Gormley's iron men beach statues in Merseyside is to be launched. more
ARTIST Antony Gormley has given the campaign to keep his iron men statues on Crosby beach a massive boost - by fully supporting the plans.
Mr Gormley told the Daily Post he thought making the beach the permanent home for the Another Place work was the "best future" for it.
The lease on the artwork, which has been on the Sefton coastline since June last year, runs out on November 28 when they are due to go to New York.
The popularity of the statues - visited by 600,000 people so far - has led to a multi-million pound injection into the region's economy.
That prompted Sefton Council to assemble a Trust, which includes high-profile figures from across Merseyside, which aims to pay for the statues to stay.
Mr Gormley's backing is a significant boost to the £2m campaign - launched earlier this month - to make them a permanent feature on the Merseyside coastline.
He said: "I think Crosby beach is a fantastic place and I think for Another Place that is the best future for it and for the people.
"It is a lovely, big, working beach. Somehow the presence of the hills in Wales means it's very English but also connects to the rest of the world."
The creator of Another Place was in Liverpool to receive an Honorary Fellowship from the Liverpool John Moores University in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the arts.
He added: "It's a huge honour. I put my first show at a Tate gallery on here in Liverpool.
"It's a great city, I think Scousers are great. They have a wonderful sense of humour. The city has a racing vitality."
Mr Gormley insisted the final decision was not his and would depend on funds being raised to pay for Another Place to stay. But his clear desire to see them remain in Merseyside is viewed as being a key part in negotiations.
Arts and business organisations have joined together to draw up a feasibility plan for keeping the installation in Crosby.
If the artwork meets the criteria, they will set up a public limited company with charitable status to set about raising the funds within a matter of months.
The plans were formed after it was proposed by television presenter Loyd Grossman, chairman of the North West Cultural Consortium.
Last night, he told the Daily Post: "It is really encouraging that he is so enthusiastic. He is a very thoughtful man with a great community ethos.
"A lot of people are behind this project. Another Place has brought together a wide range of people and is so accessible. "It really is a great piece and shows how art can really transform a place."
Campaigner Angela Heslop presented Mr Gormley with press cuttings and photos about the statues after the graduation to show him the strength of feeling locally.
She said: "It's great news he's backing them to stay. I can't imagine them being anywhere else, they look as though they have always been here."
Another Place came to Crosby beach in June, 2005, and consists of 100 casts of the artist's own body spread along the shoreline.
Lewis Biggs, Director of Liverpool Biennial and part of the trust trying to save the artwork, said: "A trust to take ownership of the work is being formed, and the necessary permissions are being sought. This is an extraordinary opportunity for the Northwest to keep its own major part of the history of art, which is also a fantastic draw for tourists."
I just hope they can get the money together because they attract visitors from miles around and Crosby beach would now look bare without them,a bit like your house does when you take your Christmas decorations down.
Surfers hope Gormley's men find Another Place
Aug 14 2006
By Graham Davies Daily Post Staff
WITH winds coming from almost every direction, Crosby's Burbo Bank has always been a prime location for watersports enthusiasts.
But surfers and sailors are complaining they might never be able to use its lively waters again.
And the reason is the 100 iron men who are standing in their way.
Now they are calling for Antony Gormley's Another Place artwork to be removed in November, despite efforts by tourism officials to keep it on Merseyside.
WATERSPORTS enthusiasts are leading a campaign to ensure Antony Gormley's Another Place sculptures are removed from Sefton. more