For more than forty years, British artist Antony Gormley has impressed us with thought-provoking installations about our own existence as human forms and the relationship our bodies have with the space around us. We have been witness to many of his shockingly massive sculptures including his 200,000 figurative clay mounds that completely dominate every square inch of any exhibit space and his geometric human forms that are frighteningly realistic in shape and structure.
Another great series that Gormley developed across nine years is his Ball Works series. The project reflects all kinds of bodies, not just human, but any substance of mass and space. In the project, Gormley organizes what he calls “hand forged balls” into fixed clusters, some reflect the human shape as fixed molecules while others are loose and can roll freely around the floor. The artist says, “The installation of Bodies In Space V acknowledges that all bodies are bodies in space, whether they are the quarks and muons of the subatomic world or the planets of a solar system.”