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Flare II by Antony Gormley in St Paul's Geometric Staircase

Antony Gormley colonises the Geometric Staircase at St Paul’s with a sculpture exploring art and faith

Flare II by Antony Gormley

Christopher Wren’s famous Geometric Staircase at St Paul’s Cathedral in London has been temporarily colonised by a site-specific installation, Flare II, by artist Antony Gormley. Suspended within the staircase’s cylindrical void, like some anarchic, fractured Christmas bauble, Gormley’s intricate wire-mesh sculpture depicts a figure enveloped in a cloud. But are they flying or falling? Lucifer, the rebel angel, famously fell from heaven, so the temptation might be to read it as a meditation on the forces of grace and gravity. Gormley himself talks of the work as an ‘attempt to use applied geometry to construct an energy field describing a human space in space’. It will be on view until the end of 2010.

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