Credit: Photographs courtesy of Chris Arend Photography
Habitat (higher view)
Stainless steel, 24 ft x 12 ft x 12 ft, 2010
Sixth Avenue and C Street
Habitat meditates on the condition of urban man in relation to nature, a relevant topic for Alaskans whose lives are so entwined with the environment. The 37,000-pound sculpture was created from 57 stainless steel boxes, which are stacked to depict a seated person with arms crossed over knees. Gormley was inspired by Anchorage’s city grid and the architecture of the Anchorage Museum’s 2010 addition. Welders from Steelfab, Alaska’s largest steel fabrication facility, spent more than 1,700 hours constructing this complex structure, using skills learned building oil field equipment.
Antony Gormley has built his reputation with large-scale, outdoor sculptures of the human figure, a universal image understood around the globe. His steel sculpture Angel of the North – standing 66 feet tall with a wingspan of 178 feet – has become a major tourist attraction for Northern England. The same can be said of his Quantum Cloud steel sculpture on the Thames in London. Habitat is the British artist's first commissioned work of art in the United States.