"I took this from an upstairs room in Blackwell's Music Shop as the statue was being erected and was rewarded by the sculptor appearing on the roof alongside his creation. The day was grey and there is little detail on the sculpture, so the silhouette worked best, and I angled to include his glasses." J J Marshall
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Antony Gormley’s sculpture of a naked man which stands on a roof in Broad Street and looks across to Balliol and Trinity Colleges was unveiled by the artist on 15 February 2009. The site which is owned by Exeter College (who commissioned the sculpture), was chosen for its visibility. The cast-iron sculpture is 7 feet tall, weighs half a tonne and continues the tradition of skyline sculptures in Broad Street where statues of the 9 muses sit atop the Clarendon Building and statues representing Theology, Medicine, Geometry and Astronomy crown Trinity Tower.
Sculptor Antony Gormley read history of art at Oxford’s Trinity College, and is now an Honorary Fellow of the college. His sculptures often explore the relation of the human body to space at large and explicitly so in his large scale installations such as ‘Another Place’, ‘Domain Field’ and ‘Inside Australia’. Gormley’s most well-known sculpture in Britain is ‘The Angel of the North’ which dominates the skyline at Gateshead. Other major public works include ‘Another Place’ (Crosby Beach, Liverpool) and Habitat (Anchorage, USA).