We gagged an Antony Gormley statue to talk about inequality

02 Nov We gagged an Antony Gormley statue to talk about inequality

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One of our current projects is to cross-stitch messages into masks to leave on statues across the world. One of our craftivists decided to put a mask on one of the Antony Gormley statues which have permanent residence on Crosby Beach. The project is called ‘Another Place’

Another Place is a massive installation on Crosby Beach that consists of 100 cast-iron figures, moulded from the artists own body in the style that has become synonymous with his work. The ghostly life-size figures are dotted along three kilometres of the Crosby shore, sparse in some areas and getting more congregated as they reach the sea front, so onlookers can catch the detail of those near and the shadow of sculptures in the distance out to sea in one eyeful.

The figures themselves have a sense of serenity and thoughtfulness, as they stare out to sea, all facing in the same direction and in the same pose, they appear as though they’re partaking in some sort of ancient ritual from which they cannot be distracted or shaken from. This is made all the more eerie as people have a tendency to stand beside the sculptures, looking out to sea as if expecting to discover what they’re looking for, making it impossible to tell which is which!

The craftivist mask says “Inequality= Conflict. Act now to turn the tide”. We hope that people think and talk about equality and how important it is for all aspects of a happy and health life. Societies with huge income gaps are somehow going wrong.

As craftivists we don’t tell people what to do or think but to look into issues that seem to be injustice and harmful to our local and global community. Therefore we are asking you to please watch the informative and fascinating short TED talk video below by Richard Wilkinson who charts the hard data on economic inequality, and shows what gets worse when rich and poor are too far apart: real effects on health, lifespan, even such basic values as trust.

http://video.ted.com/assets/player/swf/EmbedPlayer.swf

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