Artist Antony Gormley has installed 100 metal statues of men in the mountains of Vorarlberg in Austria.
For the next few winters skiers and boarders may come face to face with one of the statues that are spread over a 150 square kilometre area called in an art installation called Horizon Field.
The ski areas with Gormley’s statues standing on their slopes include Au, Shoppernau, Lech, Zurs and Stuben. Although Gormley, a world famous artists who’s creations include the famous Angel of the North statue in Newcastle upon Tyne, says he has now forgotten where some of the statues have been placed, it seems the greatest concentration are on the Kriegerhorn above Lech.
Each statue weighs 630kg and had to be moved in to place by helicopter or on trailers behind snowmobiles with more than a dozen mountain rescue teams helping to get the statues – all standing with the tops of their heads touching 2,039m above sea level.
The installation will be in place for the next two winters with the statues, which had previously been located in Italy, moving on in Spring 2012.