Thursday, 10 October 2019

Cryptic

This Antony Gormley scuplture Sound II stands in the crypt of Winchester Cathedral. Due to the building being on top of a natural spring the man can be seen standing with water up to his knees if there's been heavy rain. I understand that he has a tube within him which forces the water into his cupped hands when it's flooded.


My emotional response to this mysterious figure is mixed as it swings from feelings of tranquility to loneliness and desolation. I can only assume this says as much about how I am on any given day. I can't even decide whether I actually like it or not, but am pleased that we saw it.

Arilx

6 comments:

  1. He looks so lonely standing there but I love the idea of the water coming through this hands ... such a strange place to have a sculpture.
    I'm hoping this post goes through today - there's finally been a fix for Safari and Google comments ... see if it works :)

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    1. Received! I had a spot of bother leaving a message on your blog. Thought it was me, but see it's now gone through.
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  2. I've been in Winchester Cathedral for son's graduation - but surprisingly not down the crypt!
    Seeing a figure standing there must give people a shock if they don't know about it

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    1. It was where I had my graduation too. Did your son go when it was called King Alfred's?
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  3. Looked up the artist/model for the Cryptic figure and discovered Antony Gormley also created the Angel of the North sculpture seen in a background of "Vera".
    Fascinating fellow!

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    1. Have driven past the Angel of the North. It's amazing. Her nickname is Rusty Rita!
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