A lone figure now scans the horizon in Leith, and he will soon have 5 siblings dotted along the lower reaches of the river. Commissioned by the National Galleries of Scotland, 6 Times, by Antony Gormley will consist of six life-sized figures positioned between the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the sea. Four of the figures will be sited in the Water of Leith itself, at Bell's Mill, Stockbridge, Powderhall and Bonnington. Each with act as a gauge for the height of the river as it swells and recedes. The figure closest to the sea, at Leith Docks, is now in place and installation of the further figures will take place throughout June.
According to the Scotsman the project cost £400,000 and has been commissioned with the support of The Art Fund, The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, The Patrons of the National Galleries of Scotland, Claire Enders and The Henry Moore Foundation.
Antony Gormley, most famous for his Angel of the North, says: It is wonderful to have the chance to make a work that connects so many different parts of this great city. When you see one you will, perhaps, remember another. The idea is to connect to time, weather and place and play part in the making of a scene, a picture, a reality, incomplete without you: the observer.
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