Launch of Gormley's 6 Times, a landmark new outdoor sculpture for Edinburgh

  • 22 June 2010

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is delighted with the arrival of 6 Times, an extraordinary sculptural project by the celebrated British artist Antony Gormley, made possible with help of a £150,000 Art Fund grant.

6 Times comprises six life-sized figures positioned between the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the sea. Four of the figures are sited in the Water of Leith, acting as gauges for the height of the river as it swells and recedes.

This is the first time that a work in the National Galleries’ collection has been permanently located across the city of Edinburgh itself. 

The first figure is located within the grounds of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. The next figure appears within a basin of the river immediately behind the gallery, where it gazes down into the water. A further three figures are sited at separate points downstream, looking progressively up, downstream and right. The final figure, situated at the end of an abandoned pier in Leith Docks, looks out to the point where the river meets the sea.

Stephen Deuchar, Director, 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."

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."

Alongside the Art Fund’s contribution, significant funds came from the Gulbenkian Museum of the Year award 2004 and further support from The Patrons o the National Galleries of Scoland, Claire Enders and The Henry Moore Foundation.