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Antony Gormley sculpture installed at Peterborough shopping centre

Queensgate Shopping Centre in Peterborough is now home to an early sculpture by artist Antony Gormley.

One of three life-sized lead sculptures has been placed on the roof of the shopping centre, with the others positioned on the Leeds Building Society and the Norwich & Peterborough Building Society.

The sculptures were created for Gormley’s Places to Be which was unveiled 30 years ago, and installed at Monkstone House in Peterborough. It was the first work in which Gormley made casts of his own body. The three figures represent three levels of human activity: thought, speech and action.

The figures have returned due to work by non-profit organisation Vivacity, which works to enrich the lives of people who live in or visit Peterborough.

Antony Gormley
Antony Gormley

“Places to Be was my first public commission,” says Gormley. “It is wonderful that it is being re-sited on a striking modern horizontal parapet, a Victorian corner tower, and the 18th century roof line around the Market Square in the centre of Peterborough. I am very proud of this work and am delighted that with Vivacity’s help it will again be part of the collective life of the town.”

Queensgate Shopping Centre director Mark Broadhead adds, “We’re delighted to work alongside Vicacity to bring art and culture to Peterborough, it’s amazing that we were able to bring Antony Gormley’s Places to Be back home and we are honored to have such iconic artwork here at Queensgate for visitors to enjoy.”

The centre underwent an £8m refurbishment last year.