What is Broken Column?
http://www.stavanger-web.com/ "23 iron sculptures, all 1.95 meters
tall, have been placed in and around Stavanger's City Center. Some have
been erected outdoors and some inside shops, schools and even a private
The artwork is made by Antony Gormley, a London-based sculpter also known
for "Another Place". It took 4 years to decide whether or not to place the
figures in Stavanger. The project is financed by the Municipality of
Stavanger, Stavanger Art Society and Rogaland Art Museum. Each sculpture
is fitted 1.95 meters lower than the previous. The first iron man is
placed at the Art museum some 40 meters above sea level. The last
sculpture is found in the sea just outside of Natvigs Minde downtown
I first encountered Mr. Gormley's work at the Sola beach when "Another
Place" took place. "Another Place" was 100 sculptures (similar to the ones
that are described above) placed on the beach and out in the water at
Sola.At first people were shocked by the idea of placing lots of statues
on the beach but as time went by I think most people fell in love with
this exhibition and many were sad when they were removed. But now, similar
sculptures are back in "Broken Column" and I will present som pictures of
the various statues below.
The sculptures' are all 1.95 tall and they all face 10° west. The 'Fish
Market' sculpture is the one that has given the direction for the rest of
the sculptures. It is loacted in the harbour and it is looking out at the
sea. Each sculpture is also placed in a specific height. Sculpture no. 1
is located at Stavanger museum of fine arts and it is located at 41.41
meters above sea level. Sculpture number 2 is 41.41 - 1.95 = 39.45 meter
above sea level and this continues until the last one located 1.23 meters
below sea level at Natvigs Minde.
Please check out Mr. Gormely's page (http://www.antonygormley.com/)
for more pictures of previous work.
On this page I will present pictures that I have taken of the different
sculptures. I have not been able to take pictures of all of them yet but
this page will be updated as soon as I take more pictures. Please click on
the Stavanger map to move to the different sculptures or just scoll down
to see the photos. Click on each thumbnail to get a larger picture.