Margate Sculpture Stands Firm On Brett Concrete

A life-sized iron statue by Turner Prize-winning sculptor, Antony Gormley has drawn visitors from far and wide to Margate beach in recent months to see it emerge from the sea as the tide goes out, standing on a base supplied by Brett Concrete.


The solid cast-iron figure is part of Antony Gormley’s ANOTHER TIME – a series of one hundred similar statues which have been installed all over the world, from the River Thames in London to Kunisaki in Japan. It was installed on Fulsam Rock on the Margate foreshore last summer on a base constructed using a special colloidal concrete mix from Brett, which is designed to set underwater.


“We supplied 9.5 m3 of a specially developed mix which is hydrophobic, so repels water,” explains Lauren Hardes, Developmental Technician at Brett Concrete. “The mix is challenging to work with as it is quite sticky but it is highly effective in difficult situations like this.  They say that time and tide wait for no man and we were certainly up against the clock to complete the job before the tide came in, but we did it and the installation has stood firm against the waves ever since.”


The statue has been a source of great interest, boosting visitor numbers in 2017 and will now remain in situ until at least November 2018. The figure, which was cast from Gormley’s own body, becomes visible about three hours before low tide and is fully submerged at high tide.


For more information about the Antony Gormley installation at Turner Contemporary, Margate, go to www.turnercontemporary.org/exhibitions/another-time-for-margate-folkestone.