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The Greek island of Delos, one of the world’s top archaeological sites and a UNESCO world heritage monument, is now home to a contemporary art installation for the first time in history.
The honor belongs to British artist Antony Gormley, whose sculptures are installed in various locations across the ancient island. The site-specific installation, entitled SIGHT, is the first new work on the island in 5,000 years.
In his installation, the Turner Prize-winning artist repopulates Delos with life-size humanlike iron “bodyforms” in addition to tens of cubic and abstract sculptures. Gormley will present five new sculptures in addition to 29 work from the past 20 years of his career. The works are featured throughout the island’s temples, altars, agoras, and some are blended with its topography and natural views. It is the first installation to ever be unanimously approved by the Greek Archaeological Council to take place on the island.
Delos, in the Cyclades archipelago, is a sacred island in Greek mythology. It is where Zeus’s lover Leto found refuge from Hera’s wrath to give birth to Apollo and Artemis. The island was also a commercial and trading center in the 2nd and 1st centuries CE.
SIGHT is curated by Iwona Blazwick OBE, director of Whitechapel Gallery in London, and Elina Kountouri, director the non-profit NEON. The installation will be on display from May 18 to October 31, 2019.