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This sculpture is a plaster mould of the artist’s body, reinforced with fiber glass and encased in a skin of soldered lead. The figure has been pierced in the chest, hands and feet. It stands like a Christian saint receiving the stigmata (marks like those made on Christ’s body at the crucifixion).

Antony Gormley uses his own body to examine the  physical and spiritual relationships between mankind and the natural world. He says: ‘sculpture, for me, uses the physical as a means to talk about the spirit …a visual means to refer to things which cannot be seen.’

August 2004