New sculpture by Antony Gormley arrives on Lundy

Antony Gormley has created five figures for the Landmark Trust anniversary

Antony Gormley has created five figures for the Landmark Trust anniversary - Credit: Archant

A new work by British sculptor Antony Gormley has arrived on Lundy.

The life-size cast iron figure will be on the island off North Devon for a year. It is one of five made by the artist to mark half a century of the Landmark Trust charity.

In a Tweet the Landmark Trust’s Caroline Stanford posted a photograph of the sculpture with Antony Gormley and island manager Derek Green and declared: “Mission accomplished!”

Earlier this year Sir Antony, famous for his Angel of the North, spoke about the figure he made for Lundy.

He said: “Britain is surrounded by the sea, so water both divides and connects us to the rest of the world.

Lundy sits at the entrance of the Bristol Channel

Lundy sits at the entrance of the Bristol Channel - Credit: Archant

“Water isolates us and makes us self-reliant but also, with the invitation of the horizon, offers a sense of independence and the possibility of overcoming our limits.

“There is an excitement about making a sculpture that can live out here amongst the waves and the wind, the rain and snow, in night and day. The sculpture will be like a standing stone, a marker in space and time, linking with a specific place and its history but also looking out towards the horizon, having a conversation with a future that hasn’t yet happened.”

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The 50th anniversary of the Landmark Trust will be celebrated in Devon with a special Golden Weekend on 16 and 17 May.

Across the country there will be free open days at 25 Landmark properties including Plymouth’s Crownhill Fort and Millcombe House on the island of Lundy.

Studio View DAZE IV, 2014 (Lundy), photograph by Stephen White, London

Studio View DAZE IV, 2014 (Lundy), photograph by Stephen White, London - Credit: Archant

Since May 1965 more than 200 significant buildings have been rescued by the historic buildings charity, many of which could have been lost forever.

They now have a new lease of life as self-catering accommodation. They range from castles, abbeys and follies to cottages and an old railway station and lighthouse keeper’s cottage. Today these buildings in total, including 19 across Devon, welcome over 54,000 guests a year.

On Lundy, in the Bristol Channel, there are 23 Landmark buildings where people can spend short breaks and the Landmark Trust manages and maintains the island year round.

In time for the Golden Weekend, sculptures specially created for the anniversary by renowned artist Antony Gormley will be in situ at five of the open Landmarks including on Lundy Island.

Millcombe House on Lundy

Millcombe House on Lundy - Credit: Archant

The life-sized cast iron sculptures, together entitled LAND, will be Antony Gormley’s only solo outdoor installation in the UK in 2015. Lundy was personally chosen by Antony Gormley and the sculpture specially designed and created for the site. All of the LAND sites will have full public access and be free for everyone to enjoy until May 2016, not just on the Golden Weekend.

Derek Green, Manager of Lundy Island at the Landmark Trust said: “We’re delighted to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Landmark Trust here on Lundy.

“Without the intervention of Sir John Smith and the Trust back in 1969, when Lundy’s future was uncertain, the Island could easily have been lost for the nation. Over the last 45 years, the Landmark Trust has painstakingly and carefully managed the island, enabling thousands of visitors to enjoy its outstanding landscape, wildlife, peace and tranquillity. The installation of LAND will be a huge attraction for Lundy and we’re delighted to be able to share the iconic sculpture with our visitors.”

Another highlight of the Golden Weekend will be a Golden Moment at 2pm on Saturday 16 May when local musicians across the country will perform a piece of music at all of the 25 open Landmarks, including at Millcombe House on Lundy, where local musicians Shake a Leg will be performing the special piece of music called the Anthem for Landmark, specially created by Kerry Andrew, winner of two British Composer Awards in 2014.

Celebrations will be held at Crownhill Fort in Plymouth

Celebrations will be held at Crownhill Fort in Plymouth - Credit: Archant

To get to Lundy Island on the Golden Weekend visitors need to take the ship, the MS Oldenburg from Ilfracombe sailing on Saturday and Sunday departing at 10.00hrs and returning to Ilfracombe at 18.30hrs. For more information and to book tickets please call 01271 863636.

Crownhill Fort in Plymouth will be welcoming everyone free of charge on the weekend of 16 and 17 May from 10am until 4pm.

Crownhill Fort was built in the 1860s to protect the naval base at Plymouth. It is now one of only two large forts of this kind in the country to remain in good condition.

Since acquiring the fort in 1987 The Landmark Trust has done major work to the grounds, weaponry and buildings, many of which are now let to small businesses. In 1995 the fort was opened to the public for the first time.

Plymouth's Crownhill Fort

Plymouth's Crownhill Fort - Credit: Archant

At Crownhill at 3pm on 16th, Big Noise Chorus will perform the Anthem. They are a network of community choirs who sing pop, rock, Musical Theatre and World music.

Ed Donohue, the Manager of Crownhill Fort for the Landmark Trust said: “It would be wonderful to see local people come and visit Crownhill Fort over the Golden Weekend. The grounds, museums and accommodation will be open to explore; this is a chance to celebrate an important part of Plymouth and Britain’s amazing history with everyone.”

For more information about the Golden Weekend visit the Landmark Trust website.

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