"Suicide Status" by Anthony GormleyStreet Art // Sunday, 20 May 2012
Anthony Gormeley’s series of 31 life-size body cast sculptures have made their way to the rooftops of San Paulo and apparently the panicked calls to emergency services have been coming in steadily. In 2011, the sculptures were exhibited in New York and the NYPD had to issue a public statement informing citizens that they were not suicide jumpers. And in London in 2007, 999 emergency calls were made when the sculptures were exhibited at the capitol. The 61-year-old artist uses his own body as a model to sculpt the figures that are made from cast iron and glass fibre.