By Mike Dunham
You had to know that Antony Gormley would be tempted to repeat his giant statue "Habitat," erected at the Anchorage Museum this spring, at a more prominent site.
Now, in London's Sunday Times, Cristina Ruiz reports that a larger version of the figure is being proposed for a luxury hotel. And it's going to be habitat in more than name, according to Ruiz. "This one will contain a luxury suite so you can sleep inside it," she writes.
Ruiz also provided a link to planning documents from the Westminster (England) Council website.
Download the pdf called: DESIGN & ACCESS STATEMENT, then go to pages 32-34 for details of what sculpture might look like inside.
FROM CRISTINA RUIZ'S REPORT IN THE (LONDON) SUNDAY TIMES
"Gormley has designed a giant statue of a crouching man with a luxury suite inside it, to go on the roof of a new hotel in London. Guests will be able to stay in a two-floor suite inside the figure’s torso and thighs, which could include a bedroom, lounge and dressing room, with a waterfall flowing down the left arm into the bathroom.
"Westminster council’s planning committee has recommended permission to allow the statue for the hotel, which will be opened in a 1920s art deco building off Oxford Street in central London.
"Gormley’s sculpture, which shows a man squatting with his arms crossed across his chest, will sit on an extension to the hotel facade in Balderton Street. The artwork will be composed of rectangular forms resembling stacked boxes, clad in stainless steel sheets.
"The Gormley suite is likely to be the most expensive room in the £40m hotel, scheduled to open at the end of 2012."