100 Men On The Beach Near Liverpool, Not Just Another Place!
100 men stand there looking out to sea. Who knows what they are contemplating or who they are waiting for. Each one of these men look strikingly similar. Some seem to wear armbands, some have hats made of seaweed or plastic. Some have words scrawled across their chests but they stand, day and night, starring deeply out into the blue.
A few miles out of Liverpool at the gaping mouth of the River Mersey there lives a beach. Half of the beach faces the town of New Brighton and the shore line that runs towards West Kirby. Look out to the West and you’ll see nothing but serenity and the open ocean. To the east industry and tanker ships waiting, a reminder of the rotting guts of the once thriving industrial port.
The men stare North.
This is Another Place, an art installation comprising of 100 cast iron men, all cast from the body of artist Antony Gormley. They are spread along the 3km of beach and almost a kilometre out to sea and set an eery but interesting tone. The additional hats and other accessories have been added by budding local artists!
The men have been at Crosby beach near Liverpool since 2006 and previously lived at Cruxhaven in Germany, Stavanger in Norway and De Panne in Belgium. They were supposed to move to New York but work by the local council kept the artwork in place. These cast iron men are slow travellers like me! Standing side by side with them you find yourself comparing yourself to them, copying their waiting gaze and wondering about your own thoughts.
If you are in the Liverpool area and want some beach time and odd art appreciation I recommend visiting these guys. I have not had the chance myself but I hear they are particularly striking at sun rise or sun set.
To get there…
The co-ordinates can be found here 53.471678,-3.029765. If you want a street address then drive to Cambridge Road, Waterloo, Liverpool, Merseyside L22 1RR and you’ll see the brown tourist signs to the car parks.
Below sourced from Sefton.gov.uk
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 Merseyrail 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.
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.
Let me know if you visit or have visited and what you thought of ‘Another Place‘.