Present Time
© The Artist. Courtesy Jay Jopling/White Cube (London)

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Present Time 1986 - 1989
This sculpture is based on two moulds made from the artist's body. The solid form of the lower figure and the horizontal divisions in the lead casing emphasise its weight. Its closed form, like a mummified body, evokes feelings of imprisonment. In contrast, the upper half, with legs and arms outstretched, is free. While the upper half concerns our spiritual or mental state, the lower half represents our physical state: these states are connected yet divided. In this way, the sculpture reflects Gormley's interest in meditation and Buddhism.


  • Acc. No. GMA 3561
  • Medium Lead fibreglass plaster and air
  • Size 340.00 x 193.00 x 35.50 cm
  • Credit Purchased with assistance from the Henry Moore Foundation 1990