Studio International

Published 27/03/2013

The sculpture Firmament III (2009) by Antony Gormley has been acquired for the permanent collection of the Middelheim Museum in Antwerp, Belgium. The title of the work is rooted in an ancient word denoting the sky, and Gormley fashioned the three-dimensional shape to be similar to a star cluster and to reflect the lights of the firmament. The stainless steel bars outline a sort of giant hollow man that is the centre of the constellation. To mark the occasion when the monumental artwork was unveiled to the public, the open-air museum also premiered Gormley's series of polyhedral sculptures at the museum’s new exhibition pavilion, Het Huis (The House).

Firmament and Other Forms, Middelheim Museum, Antwerp, until 5 May 2013.