Antony Gormley: Domain Field (2003)

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

Behind the scenes of Anthony Gormley's 'Domain Field'

DOMAIN FIELD: Introduction
A call for local volunteers in January 2003 resulted in more than 900 people of all ages and backgrounds coming forward to register their interest in having themselves cast for one of the sculptures in the exhibition. 
DOMAIN FIELD: Casting Workshops
37 specially trained casters worked in teams to mould 290 local volunteers. The moulding process involved 786 bags of plaster and 1200 metres of cling-film.
DOMAIN FIELD: The Art Factory
During the period of creation, visitors to BALTIC were able to follow the process from the viewing platform which overlooks the Level 4 gallery.
DOMAIN FIELD: Welding Workshops
The Domain Field welding workshops. Here the 23 specially trained welders created the 290 domains. A “Domain” is the description of the volume of a body; each sculpture is a random matrix of 4.76mm steel bars of various lengths forming a three-dimensional drawing inside the moulds of the volunteers.
DOMAIN FIELD: The exhibition
The installation occupied the entire 800 square metres of Level 4 art space at BALTIC. Each Domain occupied an average of 3 square metres of floor space.

The finished work is a sparkling myriad of stainless steel trajectories, giving the impression of a vast energy field made up of clusters, each defining the particular presence of a living inhabitant of Gateshead and Newcastle.

This documentary produced by BALTIC Archive, documents the making of Domain Field from start to finish. Featuring interviews with Antony Gormley, BALTIC's founding Director Sune Nordgren along with Domain Field participants.

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