Knight’s iron giants may guard Brittany’s shores

Giant statues similar to earlier works by artist Sir Antony Gormley could stare across the Channel towards Britain from islands off the Brittany coast, if plans go ahead

British sculptor Sir Antony Gormley, best known in the UK for his Angel of the North statue, hopes to build four giant sculptures that would sit on the coast of northern France and look towards Britain.

President Emmanuel Macron supports the project, which was born after Sir Antony was invited to France by Philippe Bélaval, chairman of France’s national heritage group the Centre des Monuments Nationaux.

Sir Antony revealed the plans on the arts podcast These Three. If approved, the sculptures will sit on an archipelago of small islands in the Baie de Morlaix, looking towards Britain on the other side of the Channel.

Many have said that the sculptures may be a statement against Brexit as they will face towards the UK in a “kind of farewell to the island from a country that is still part of the European Union”.

But Mr Bélaval said they are actually inspired by the Cairn of Barnenez, a Neolithic monument located in the bay, which contains 11 burial chambers and ...

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