Iron Man by fbailey

Iron Man

One of two of Anthony Gormley's life sized rusting Iron Men loaned to Folkestone for the Triennial.

This one is situated in the last of the chambers of Coronation Parade, viewed through a series of linked and sea weathered arches. Both of the statues stand within the ebb and flow of the tide and are covered by the sea for two hours at the high water mark. They are intended to "celebrate the still and silent nature of sculpture ... within the flow of lived time".

I would have attempted to have crouched down and shot this from further away but was too concerned about slipping on the seaweed encrusted walkway. Now I know I'm getting old!
I really like this as is, a different pov is certainly not worth the risk of been swept out to sea :-) Stay safe out there.
September 4th, 2017  
@suzanne234 Thank you, I didn't want to be reported as the first casualty of the exhibition!
September 4th, 2017  
Sue
Love it! Great composition. Fav
September 4th, 2017  
@suesouthwood Thanks so much Sue:)
September 4th, 2017  
Nice shot
September 4th, 2017  
Great shot. I love the series of arches.
September 4th, 2017  
Love the pov, another interesting art form :)
September 4th, 2017  
Just amazing to know that these go underneath sea water! So slippery! Well organised! fav
September 4th, 2017  
great composition
September 4th, 2017  
Great composition & pov!
September 4th, 2017  
@joansmor @peadar @hermann @maggiemae @lynnz Thanks very much for taking the time to comment. I was too concerned about personal injury and who would pick me up if I slid off to get a close up:)
September 4th, 2017  
@carole_sandford Thank you!
September 4th, 2017  
Great shot!
September 4th, 2017  
@overalvandaan Thank you! Thanks also for the follow, following right back:)
September 4th, 2017  
Great composition. I like the repeating arches.
September 4th, 2017  
bep
Love your pov. Beautiful composition.
September 4th, 2017  
Nicely framed in the arches.
September 4th, 2017  
You made me laugh! LOL I would have been worried about slipping at any age! What a wild installment! And that they are submerged for two hours... it kind of creeps me out to think about it because I'm anthropomorphizing them. LOL At the same time, I'd love to see it and you've done a fantastic job of sharing here! I love the repeating arches, the lighting, the green mossy floor and of course, him, stoic and ever watchful! Fave!
September 5th, 2017  
Love the repeating arches, great comp!
September 5th, 2017  
Wonderful PoV. Glad you did not risk a slip even for your photography. This is a fabulous sculpture that looks great at the end of the arches. Fav.
September 5th, 2017  
Great pov to show off the iron figure.
September 5th, 2017  
Great composition - so effective within those arches.
September 5th, 2017  
Fabulous textures, colouring, and an Outstanding shot...Fav
September 5th, 2017  
This is really great. I love the arches and mossy green colour - not to mention the terrific sculpture.
September 5th, 2017  
Like the whole atmosphere of this shot
September 5th, 2017  
Well done on the composition. It kid of looks like the statue is levitating
September 5th, 2017  
Love the way the arches draw the eye in.
September 5th, 2017  
I like how you framed all these arches, and the colors are great
September 5th, 2017  
Love it! Fantastic shot, beautifully framed. Fav
September 5th, 2017  
Great framing. I much prefer this sculpture, to his sculptures at Lake Ballard in Western Australian goldfields :)
September 5th, 2017  
Great creative framing
September 5th, 2017  
@kwind @gijsje @randystreat Thanks very much indeed:)
September 5th, 2017  
@elatedpixie Thanks so much for commenting, glad you liked him. Will add his friend as soon as I can track him down. He's looking out o to the incoming tide and is meant to be modelled on AG himself. He's also loaned another Iron Man to Margate a little way up the coast so will have to pop up there too.
September 5th, 2017  
@radiogirl @littleconnie @golftragic @dkbarnett @tonygig @dide @joannakate @deborah63 @sarahlth @marcy0414 @robinm @nhoj1951 Thanks very much indeed for such great feedback, glad you liked him.
September 5th, 2017  
@merrelyn Thanks for commenting Merrelyn. I've just Googled Lake Ballard - have you been there? Looks an incredible place, so vast. Yes, this statue is far more lifelike I have to agree. I now want to visit Lake Ballard!
September 5th, 2017  
@fbailey We've been there a few times, both before and after the statues. We taught at Menzies in 1978 and 79. Some of the people we know, who live in the area, were "models" for the statues, but they wouldn't tell us which ones they were. It's an incredible place to visit and I guess they are a better fit for the landscape.
September 6th, 2017  
@merrelyn I watched a very short video about it. Fascinating place. I see also that two of the fifty one are now missing. So sad that nowhere on Earth is safe.
September 6th, 2017  
@fbailey It certainly is. I don't know what possesses people to do this. They are such distinctive pieces, so the thieves could never display them.
September 6th, 2017  
Sounds dangerous. Wonderful framing.
September 6th, 2017  
Super composition - quite right, safety first! :)
September 6th, 2017  
Fab frames within frames and such brilliant detail xx
September 6th, 2017  
Lovely interesting capture and facts! 😊
September 6th, 2017  
Nice pov and framing.
September 7th, 2017  
Your narrative made me chuckle. I have recently discovered I have knees, so can sympathise with the desire for safety over shot. Great sculptor and super shot of his work. I very much like the use of the framing and the repetition of the arches to give depth in the shot.
October 4th, 2017  
Very cool - and I love your narrative ... so funny!
October 23rd, 2017  
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