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6 Times

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

This time last year, the National Galleries of Scotland announced that they had commissioned a new work by celebrated British artist Antony Gormley, who is probably best known for his amazing 'Angel of the North', which stands just outside Newcastle-on-Tyne.

The new work was to be called '6 Times', and would feature six life-size metal figures positioned between the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the sea.

As of this week, every piece of '6 Times' is now in position.

Powderhall Sculpture
No. 4 of '6 Times', at Powderhall, Edinburgh.

Four of the figures are sited in the Water of Leith, standing like eery sentinels and acting as gauges for the ever-changing height of the river.

One of them is located in the grounds of the Modern Art Gallery, and the sixth one stands on an abandoned pier at Ocean Terminal.

This is the first time that a work in the National Galleries collection has been permanently located across the city of Edinburgh, and Gormley estimates that through natural wear and tear, the sculptures will last for 'about 1000 years'.