The client brief was to liaise with Antony Gormley’s studio and various building managers to design, fabricate and install 28 individual figures on heritage buildings around the central and west-end areas of London.
Mtec was given a list of 36 likely buildings by the client, as identified by the artist. Mtec then contacted each location’s building manager, surveyed the rooftop location and identified the possibility and willingness for each space to host a figure for the duration of the exhibition. The final locations were as diverse as the United Grand Lodge, Covent Garden and the Southbank Centre. Once the venues were identified, our in-house structural engineer designed a bespoke fixing for each figure. The project management team collated full risk assessments and health & safety protocols, which were presented to all stakeholders for approval.
Three sculptures were installed each day by our installation technicians. As access was often restricted, the fixing plates, counterweights and sculptures were all carried by hand, and the components were assembled in situ to complete the installed artwork.
The 28 sculptures were on display throughout the summer and remained a widely discussed project amongst commuters and visitors to the city.