From squatting in Kings Cross to realising his own bespoke studio Antony Gormley has witnessed London’s transformation from its very epicentre.

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The city and environment in which an artist lives and works naturally influences their ideas, their practice and their form. In a new series co-produced with The Guardian we explore the native or adopted cities of a range of major international artists. We learn how each artist has identified and developed a relationship with the landscape and city they call home and how such connections materialise in their work. In this episode sculptor Antony Gormley remembers his early years squatting in various buildings across North London and warns against losing the city’s richness of texture and welcoming character.

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