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Antony Gormley plans to recreate controversial sculpture

20th June 2011

An Antony Gormley sculpture which was burned to the ground in Derry may be recreated by the artist, he has revealed.

Gormley is famous for creating art out of the human form, with his most famous structure arguably being the Angel of the North near Gateshead, and he said the reaction to his initial Derry sculpture proved a point.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4, the artist said his 1987 statue was attacked and burned within minutes of being erected in the Fountain estate in Derry in 1987, but the violence directed towards his piece may have prevented disruption occurring elsewhere in the city.

'Red melted plastic was running like blood over the totally black charred head. This was excellent. This was the work as poultice throwing violence and evil onto itself that would otherwise be experienced in other ways,' the artist added.

Gormley, who caused concern among the public in Edinburgh last year when his lifelike human figures were lowered into the Water of Leith, said the 1987 incident made him realise that art could have a social purpose and 'engage with real issues and real communities'.

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