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Posted by Tom Klemens on September 21, 2011 at 10:12 AM.

A skeletal sculpture by Antony Gormley has been awarded the top prize in the 2011 Structural Steel Design Awards program. Begun in 1969, the program is administered by the British Constructional Steelwork Association and Tata Steel Exposure, 2010, by Antony Gormelyand recognizes steel-based structures built by U.K. or Republic of Ireland steelwork contractors around the world.


Gormley’s winning sculpture, dubbed Exposure, is 25 meters tall and was constructed in 2010 on a polder in Lelystad, the Netherlands. It depicts a giant crouching man, “a still point in a moving world,” as the sculptor wrote on his website,, which includes a number of photos from different perspectives as well as a time-lapse video of its construction.


“The work cannot have a plinth,” Gormley wrote. “Over time, should the rising of the sea level mean that there has to be a rising of the dike, this means that there should be a progressive burying of the work.”


For an interesting two-minute YouTube video exploration of Exposure, accompanied by informative commentary in the notes box, go to


Gormley on ExposureTo hear a short interview with the sculptor – his remarks are in English with Dutch subtitles – go to




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