Gormley art moved for restoration

The first public work by the artist Antony Gormley, a nine-tonne, two-piece sculpture, is being restored.

The massive boulders have been lifted from a lakeside in a park in Ashford, Kent, and transported to Shropshire for restoration.

Gallagher Group craned the stones and substituted two ragstone boulders of similar shape to ensure locals did not miss the sculptural elements.

Landscape architect Tom La Dell is project manager of the restoration of the sculpture and designed the park in Singleton, where the artwork was installed.

"Like the Gormley sculpture, the ragstone boulders are of a suitable scale and form that will enable them to become part of the character of the area," he said.

Gormley has an international following and his best-known works include the Angel of the North, a huge public sculpture near Newcastle built 12 years ago.

Gallagher Group's business includes civil engineering, quarrying and property companies in Kent.

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