I see photos of Crosby Beach a lot on my Facebook and Instagram and I don’t think I have ever actually been myself! Me and Thom woke up on our day off to the sun shining and decided it was a good idea to head to Liverpool for the day. It only takes about 45 minutes to get there on the motorway from where we live and we went straight to the beach.
Crosby Beach is famous for housing statues built by Antony Gormley. The project is called ‘Another Place’. The project is 100 cast-iron, life-size figures spread out along three kilometres of the beach, stretching almost one kilometre out to sea. It is so so interesting seeing these statues standing tall and proud on the sand. I say tall but some have been buried by the wind and sand meaning you can only see half of their bodies. I found this extract online about the project which really gives you all the feels:
‘According to Antony Gormley, Another Place harnesses the ebb and flow of the tide to explore man’s relationship with nature. He explains: The seaside is a good place to do this. Here time is tested by tide, architecture by the elements and the prevalence of sky seems to question the earth’s substance. In this work human life is tested against planetary time. This sculpture exposes to light and time the nakedness of a particular and peculiar body. It is no hero, no ideal, just the industrially reproduced body of a middle-aged man trying to remain standing and trying to breathe, facing a horizon busy with ships moving materials and manufactured things around the planet.’
Amazing. Looking at the statues way out in the sea just gives you a nice feeling that we should all stop sometimes and just give ourselves some space and time. The beach itself is actually a nice beach to say the tide comes In and out. We took a lot of photos of the statues and even made our way further out to the statues in the sea. It was nice to go out and see some culture in an area right round the corner from where we live. We walked down the beach got an ice cream and then decided to head into Liverpool centre for some lunch and a shop around.
It was a nice little day out which I would recommend to anyone. Liverpool is literally a 5 minute drive down the road and there’s so much to do there. Liverpool One is full of different shops and places to eat. I found the cutest shop ever called Utility where they have some cute quirky items a little like the shop Typo I found in Australia. I wish I had more money to buy more things. I did buy this travel mug..because you know coffee is life.