Finally the sun has reached us in the North West; it came on a day when we were desperate to get out the house after so many days spent indoors watching the rain and wind. We are making an effort this summer to try and visit new places and I really wanted us to see ‘Another Place‘ by Antony Gormley. They are the most incredible life-size iron sculptures dotted all along the Crosby Beach, there are 100 of them all together! I remember them coming to Crosby and being made a permanent feature of the waterfront but we had never visited them. I’m so glad that we went; as you walk onto the beach you can see them scattered all around as far as the eye can see. Some are so close that you can stand right next to them and others are right out in the river, nearly covered by the water. A few have been clothed but most are naked iron, some loom right over you and others are buried deeper in the sand. They look pretty amazing as you wander up and down the beach, it feels almost comforting to spot them. We took a few photos but there are some stunning shots online of the beach at dusk, they look so ethereal stood in the water looking out. I would love to go back and see them at sunset but might have to wait for that one.
As soon as Lucas spotted them he ran right up to the first one then became a little puzzled by the ones in the water. After a while they just blended into the background and he had fun collecting shells and running up and down the sand dunes. Crosby isn’t really a traditional ‘seaside’ type of beach but it is well worth a visit; there were so many families there running inbetween statues and giggling over the rude bits (Lucas didn’t seem to notice that). I love how different it looks yet they seem quite at home as if they have just rose up out of the sand. We will definitely return.