"I took this on the day the statue was craned into position. It was a dull Sunday afternoon, the statue was smaller than anticipated and the building featureless. There was no colour in the building or statue. On the plus side, I could see potential in the the lamp and chimney pots, and with a bit of manipulation, took it down to a silhouette and let this green emerge." 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).