Forget Ange; of the North. Here comes Rubbish Man.


Blackleaf
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Angel of the North artist's next feat is a burning Waste Man

By Rebecca Camber
28th September 2006



Waste Man is a giant statue that will look down on the seaside town of Margate, Kent in Southern England. It is made by the same person who created the Angel of the North that looks down on the town of Gateshead in Northern England.





His critics may say it is a load of rubbish and for once the controversial artist Antony Gormley would agree with them.




Towering 75 foot over Margate, the sculptor who created the iconic Angel of the North, has built a monument to household waste- the Rubbish Man of the South.

The giant wooden figure whose limbs are held together with a discarded bric-a-brac of broken tables, chairs, wardrobes, pictures, old rope, sofa padding and even toilet seats, is officially known as the Waste Man.

Over the last month, a team of volunteers and experts have painstakingly assembled the immense structure- 10ft taller than the Angel of the North- by salvaging junk from tips, house clearances and skip-loads of wood from builder's merchants.

But unlike Gormley's massive 200 tonne statue which looms over Gateshead, the artist's eyecatching wickerman will not be a permanent addition to the Kent skyline.

In what could be Britain's tallest bonfire, the combustible sculpture will be burnt in a tower of flames in front of a cheering crowd of thousands when it is finally finished this Saturday (30 Sept).

The extraordinary pyre constructed on the site of the defunct Dreamland amusement park, which will be seen for miles around, is the centre-point of a new film due to be broadcast at Easter.


The Angel of the North


In a one-day festival of live filming, the story of Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt and slavery in search of the promised land in the Old Testament, Book of Exodus will be re-told in Margate.

And at the centre of the Channel 4 Margate Exodus screenplay, the Waste Man will be torched as a dramatic gesture of defiance to Egyptian authorities.

The project, written and directed by Penny Woolcock, has been three years in the making for the charity Artangel and is being funded by Channel 4, Creative Partnerships and the Arts Council England.

Since August, local volunteers, including teachers and builders, have been carefully selecting the material for the sculpture, including special combustible plastic bags suitable for a bonfire.

Hand-crafted by experts using abseil equipment and pulley systems, the Waste Man has been bulked out with fencing, bed heads, shelving and branches.

It is being held upright by a hidden steel frame dug into the ground and the rubbish has been secured by a mass of steel cables to prevent blocks of wood falling onto the crowd.

When the finishing touches are added by Gormley on Saturday, the structure will stand for just one day before being set alight at twilight.

Spokeswoman for Artangel, Gill Roth said: "Antony Gormley was attracted to the idea of making a sculpture that had a temporary life, after all the Angel of the North is hardly temporary.
"This sculpture will only last one day when it is finished.

"The burning of the Waste Man itself will be very dramatic. I don't know if it is the world's biggest bonfire, but it would be a contender."
In addition to creating the Angel of the North in Gateshead in 1998, the Cambridge-educated artist is also famous for constructing a sculpture at the Baltic Art Centre in Gateshead using a plaster cast of 240 naked people in 2003.

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hermanntrude
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I live near Margate (until two weeks from now) and i can honestly say that's the best thing there
 
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