'Another Place' – Waterloo, England - Atlas Obscura

'Another Place'

A hundred copies of Antony Gormley's naked body stare out across the water. 


Another Place consists of one hundred cast-iron, life-size figures (cast from artist Antony Gormley’s naked body), spread out along three kilometers of the Mersey river shore, stretching almost one kilometer out to sea. Contractors spent three weeks lifting the figures into place and driving them into the beach on the-meter-high foundation piles.

The statues have caused some controversy among some of the locals who feel the anatomically correct statues are inappropriate. Nonetheless, while the statues were originally planned to be relocated to New York, it looks as if the hundred nude Gormleys will stay in Crosby for the foreseeable future.

A few of the statues were recently clothed for a short time when Edge Hill University students dressed the statues in costumes replicating different time periods. The costumes were removed, and figures re-exposed when the tide came in.

Know Before You Go

By public transport: Crosby Beach is well served by three local train stations; Hall Road, Blundellsands and Crosby, and Waterloo. Trains run approximately every 15 minutes on the MerseyTravel Northern Line. Connections to national rail services and other regional services can be made at Liverpool Lime Street and Hunts Cross. * From Hall Road Station: With the train station on your right hand side walk down Hall Road West until it bends 90° to the left, on the bend there is an access road that goes to the beach, past the Coastguard Station. * From Blundellsands Station: On the opposite side of the railway tracks to the ticket office, the Southport train side, walk down Blundellsands Road West to the end, a short footpath leads to the beach. Approximately 5/10 minutes. * From Waterloo Station: Walk down South Road with the station on your left hand side. At the end of South Road, cross over the road and walk down the paved footpath between two parks and follow the footpath which runs between the two lakes to the beach. Approximately 10/15 minutes. For further information, including bus time tables, and a travel planner visit MerseyTravel, Enter ‘South Road, Waterloo, Liverpool' as the destination if you are using the travel planner. By car: The easiest route is to arrive on either the M57 or M58 motorways which both end at the same point, Switch Island. From here follow signs to ‘All Docks' on the A5036, continue to follow the A5036 until you reach a roundabout under a flyover with signs to Crosby and the A565. Turn right at the roundabout following the signs to Crosby and A565. You will join up with A565 but stay in the left hand lane. At the first set of traffic lights turn left into Cambridge Road, there is a brown tourist sign, ‘Antony Gormley's Another Place' for the statues at this junction. Drive straight along this road at the end of which there are two car parks adjacent to the marine lake. The beach and statues are a 5 minute walk from the car park.

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