由知名英国艺术家安东尼 葛姆雷主持的群雕项目6 Times开始于今年4月份，受苏格兰国家美术馆之邀创作了六座真人大小的铸铁雕塑，并将永久驻留在爱丁堡境内。此次项目获得了The Art Fund, The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation,苏格兰国家美术馆董事会, Claire Enders 与亨利 摩尔基金会The Henry Moore Foundation的鼎力相助。
除了上两幅图中见到的两座雕塑外，其他三座雕塑将被安置Stockbridge, Powderhall 与Bonnington的下游流域，分别向上、向左、向右注视；还有一座处于Leith Docks附近的一个遗弃码头,也正是河流入海口所在。这批神秘的、挑衅的、激动人心的作品将从某种意义上传达神秘与静谧的伟大，并将关注度都吸引到流经爱丁堡中心区域的Water of Leith重要自然环境上。
安东尼 葛姆雷出生于1950的伦敦，其展览遍布伦敦乃至世界各地，葛姆雷在1994年获得透纳奖（Turner Prize）, 随即在1997年为Gateshead创作了举世闻名的巨幅雕塑：北方天使（Angel of the North）。在过去25年中，葛姆雷通过对将自己身体作为一个回忆与转化空间所作的彻底研究振兴了雕塑领域中的人类形象，尤其是运用其自己的身体作为主体、对象、工具与体裁。
苏格兰国家美术馆总监John Leighton表示：“安东尼 葛姆雷的作品已经吸引了全球数以亿计观众的瞩目，我们很高兴这次他能来为苏格兰创作这系列作品。苏格兰国家美术馆的宗旨是将艺术带向更广泛的群体，其为Water of Leith创作的雕塑无疑是这一宗旨的最佳实践。”
爱丁堡市文化署长Deidre Brock议员称：“对爱丁堡可以成为安东尼 葛姆雷这个群雕系列的承办及驻留地，我们都很兴奋。他对人类身形的透彻演绎打动了全球的无数观众，并赢得了高度称誉；如今这些充满感染力的作品无疑为原本美丽的Water of Leith与步道锦上添花”。
英国艺术基金会（Art Fund）总监Stephen Deuchar也表示：“这批令人着迷的雕塑作品美妙延伸了美术馆的实体空间，并将其扩展向整个爱丁堡。我们非常高兴可以帮助这个无与伦比的好点子变成现实，我都迫不及待地想象沿着Water of Leith步道走时所感受的全新体验。”
Multi-Part Sculptural Project by Antony Gormley at National Galleries of Scotland
Artist Antony Gormley poses for photographers next to one of his six life-sized cast-iron figures outside the Gallery of Modern Art inEdinburgh,ScotlandJune 22, 2010. The first figure is buried chest-deep in the ground outside the gallery with the next four placed into the Water of Leith as it winds its way through Edinburgh city to the sea with final statue is at the end of an abandoned pier. REUTERS/David Moir.
EDINBURGH.- Work began inEdinburghin April on an extraordinary multi-part sculptural project by the celebrated British artist Antony Gormley. Commissioned by the National Galleries ofScotland, 6 Times will consist of six life-sized figures positioned between the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the sea. Four of the figures will be sited in the Water of Leith itself, acting as gauges for the height of the river as it swells and recedes. The figure closest to the sea, at Leith Docks, is now in place and installation of the further figures will take place throughout June. This will be the first time that a work in the National Galleries’ collection has been permanently located across the city ofEdinburghitself. 6 Times has been commissioned with the support of The Art Fund, The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, The Patrons of the National Galleries ofScotland, Claire Enders and The Henry Moore Foundation.
The first figure will be located within the grounds of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Although a full-length cast, it will be buried in the ground up to neck-level. The next figure will appear within a basin of the river immediately behind the gallery, where it will gaze down into the water in a contemplative pose. A further three figures will be sited at separate points downstream in Stockbridge, Powderhall and Bonnington, looking progressively up, right and left. The final figure, now situated at the end of an abandoned pier in Leith Docks, looks out to the point where the river course finally meets the sea. This enigmatic, provocative and stimulating work will convey a sense of mystery and quiet monumentality, and will draw new attention to the important natural environment of the Water of Leith, which runs through the heart ofEdinburgh.
Born inLondonin 1950 Antony Gormley’s work has been exhibited extensively in exhibitions throughout theUKand internationally. Gormley won the Turner Prize in 1994, and in 1997 created the Angel of the North forGateshead. Over the last 25 years Antony Gormley has revitalised the human image in sculpture through a radical investigation of the body as a place of memory and transformation, using his own body as subject, tool and material.
Antony Gormley says: “It is wonderful to have the chance to make a work that connects so many different parts of this great city. When you see one you will, perhaps, remember another. The idea is to connect to time, weather and place and play part in the making of a scene, a picture, a reality, incomplete without you: the observer.”
John Leighton, Director-General of the National Galleries ofScotland, said: “Antony Gormley’s sculptures have captured the imagination of many millions of people across the world and we are delighted to have this major work inScotland. The National Galleries ofScotlandis committed to bringing art out into the wider community and this installation along the Water of Leith is a very physical and prominent declaration of this aim.”
Councillor Deidre Brock, Culture Leader for the City ofEdinburgh Council, said: “It’s tremendously exciting thatEdinburghis to play host to these Antony Gormley sculptures. His evocative renditions of the human form have earned him global acclaim, and these new works will create a powerful and visually arresting complement to the natural beauty of the Water of Leith and its walkway.”
Stephen Deuchar, Director, the Art Fund, said: “This mesmerising work will open the doors of the gallery and extend its reach across the city ofEdinburgh. We are so pleased to be helping turn this exceptional idea into a reality, so that generations to come will experience the famous walk along the Water of Leith in a wholly new way.”