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Antony Gormley statue for Warwickshire canal cottage

Antony Gormley statue Image copyright Antony Gormley Studio
Image caption An early illustration of how the statue might look

A canal worker's cottage in Warwickshire has been chosen by Antony Gormley to host a new life-size statue.

The 2m-high (6ft 6ins) iron human figure will stand by the South Stratford-Upon-Avon Canal from May for a year.

The statue by the Angel Of The North sculptor is one of five to be installed for 12 months around the UK in a new work called Land.

All will have public access and will be free to visit.

The five sculptures for 2015 are being made to mark the 50th anniversary of the Landmark Trust.

The artist said he deliberately chose locations "on the edge" and where "a particular human body once stood and anyone could stand".

He said that by being positioned next to Lengthsman's Cottage, the sculpture would "look down at the water in the lock" and consider the use of water for transport.

The cottage, in Lowsonford, near Henley-in-Arden, was built in 1812 for the worker who maintained that stretch of the canal.

It is one of 200 properties renovated by the Landmark Trust, a charity that restores at-risk buildings and lets them out for holidays.

Image copyright Landmark Trust
Image caption The iron figure will be installed next to Lengthsman's Cottage, in Lowsonford, near Henley-in-Arden

Anna Keay, the trust's director, said: "We are hugely excited to be working with Antony.

"We hope that the whole nation will want to experience, enjoy, and of course, share their thoughts and responses on Land with us."


The five locations for the LAND sculptures are:

  • Clavell Tower, Kimmeridge Bay, Dorset
  • Lengthsman's Cottage, Lowsonford, Warwickshire
  • Lundy Island, Bristol Channel
  • Martello Tower, Aldeburgh, Suffolk
  • Saddell Bay, Mull of Kintyre, Scotland

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