Jersey

Antony Gormley statue to stand outside Jersey flats

Another Time VII
Image caption The statue, currently in storage, will stand outside the redeveloped hotel

A statue by UK sculptor Antony Gormley has been purchased for Jersey as part of an art project.

Another Time VII will stand outside the Fort D'Auvergne Hotel which is being made into flats, as part of the Percentage for Art scheme.

The scheme encourages developers to buy artwork for public display when developing or refurbishing a building on the island.

The statue is based on a series which Mr Gormley modelled on his own body.

Philip Hewat-Jaboor from Percentage for Art said: "Antony sees these works as contrasting the human figure against the frailty of time and tide.

"Therefore to place this figure on a rock against a marine landscape with a huge sky and our fabulous tide coming in and out, is a really suitable place to position him."

'Cultural heritage'

The statue is currently in storage on the island. It is not known when it will be unveiled.

Mr Hewat-Jaboor said: "We're hugely excited because he's a fantastic sculptor, his works are very popular and given the overall view of his sculptures the importance of having a Gormley is enormous.

"It's also going to serve as a draw to bring tourists to the island to see our wonderful cultural heritage."

Mr Gormley is known for creating the Angel of the North, which stands 65ft (19.81m) high and welcomes people to the north of England.

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