New multi-part sculpture by Antony Gormley to be installed across the city of Edinburgh

  • 29 April 2010

Work has begun in Edinburgh on an extraordinary multi-part sculptural project by the celebrated British artist Antony Gormley. This exciting project has been funded in part by the Art Fund.

Commissioned by the National Galleries of Scotland, 6 Times consists of six life-sized figures positioned between the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the sea – taking the viewer on a journey along the Water of Leith. Four of the figures will be sited in the water, acting as gauges for the height of the river as it swells and recedes. The figure closest to the sea, at Leith Docks, is now in place and installation of the further figures will take place throughout June, with the official unveiling on 22 June.

This will be the first time that a work in the National Galleries of Scotland’s collection has been permanently located across the city of Edinburgh itself. 6 Times has been commissioned with the support of the Art Fund, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (via The Gulbenkian Prize, now known as the Art Fund Prize), Patrons of the National Galleries of Scotland, Claire Enders and The Henry Moore Foundation.

Antony Gormley said "It is wonderful to have the chance to make a work that connects so many different parts of this great city. When you see one you will, perhaps, remember another. The idea is to connect to time, weather and place and play part in the making of a scene, a picture, a reality, incomplete without you: the observer."

Stephen Deuchar, Director of the Art Fund, said: "This mesmerising work will open the doors of the Gallery and extend its reach across the city of Edinburgh. We are so pleased to be helping turn this exceptional idea into a reality, so that generations to come will experience the famous walk along the Water of Leith in a wholly new way."


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