It stands looking at the horizon, the final piece of a national jigsaw to mark 50 years of extraordinary work rescuing some of Britain's most historic buildings.

This life size iron sculpture is the last piece of Antony Gormley's LAND sculpture to be set in place but has now taken up residence at Kimmeridge Bay.

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The standing sculptures - comissioned by the Landmark Trust to mark it's 50th anniversary - have been installed at four points of the compass to "stand sentinel" along the coast, with a fifth in the middle of Britain on the South Stratford Canal.

Each one stands near a building rescued by the Landmark Trust -  in this case Clavell Tower, moved brick by brick from the crumbling cliff edge to stop it falling into the sea.

LAND will be officially launched this weekend as part of the Trust's Golden Weekend, where buildings usually closed to visitors will be open to the public.

Visitors will be able to look inside nearby Clavell Tower for free from 10am-4pm throughout the weekend. 

LAND will remain in place until May 2016 and is expected to prove a great draw for walkers, tourists and artists. 

Landmark Trust engagement manager Kasia Howard explained: “We would love to see local communities at Clavell Tower during the Golden Weekend – people for whom this amazing landmark is part of their local scene, and who perhaps knew the building before its restoration. 

Prior to LAND’s installation at Kimmeridge, Mr Gormley said: “There is an excitement about making a sculpture that can live out here, moulding with the geology of this magnificent Jurassic coastline. 

“The sculpture will be like a standing stone, a marker in space and time, linking with a specific place and its history but also looking out towards the horizon, having a conversation with a future that hasn’t yet happened.

Each LAND sculpture was designed and created for each building and its surroundings to "encourage visitors to engage with the different qualities of the North Sea, the English Channel, the Kilbrannan Sound, and the Bristol Channel and the open horizon between sea and sky."

The final location is a quiet site in a Warwickshire village, where the sculpture stands looking into the depths of a man-made lock.

Clavell Tower, which fell into disrepair after the First World War, was moved 85ft to safety, brick-by-brick, from the eroding cliff top at Kimmeridge, as part of a two-year restoration project ending in 2008. 

This Landmark Trust project cost around £1million and involved moving 16,272 bricks. 

The four other LAND statues are at Lundy Island in the Bristol Channel, the roof of the Martello tower in Suffolk, Saddell Bay, Mull of Kintyre and Lengthsman’s Cottage, Warwickshire.

The other LAND locations: (all pictures courtesy of The Landmark Trust)


Bournemouth Echo:

Martello Tower, Aldeburgh, Suffolk stands on the beach and was built between 1808 and 1812. It is the most northerly of a chain of defensive towers built along the South and East coasts of England in response to the very real threat of invasion by the French, led by the Emperor Napoleon. 

It is known by the name Martello, from the tower that provided the idea for their design. This stood on Mortella Point in Corsica. The tower was badly in decay when it was acquired by Landmark in the 1970s. Extensive repairs were carried out and the tower converted to provide holiday accommodation.


Bournemouth Echo:

Saddell Bay, on the east coast of the Mull of Kintyre, Scotland looks out across the Kilbrannan Sound to the Isle of Arran. Landmark first acquired 16th century Saddell Castle in 1975 and the remainder of the Saddell Estate and buildings by 1984.


Bournemouth Echo:

Lengthsman’s Cottage, Lowsonford, Warwickshire dating from c1812, was built for the 'lengthsman' who maintained not just the lock but also the stretch of canal to the next lock. With its barrel-roof, it is a rare survivor of its type on the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal.


Bournemouth Echo:

Lundy Island is a place of wide spaces and big skies. A 400 foot granite outcrop in the Bristol Channel, Lundy has tremendous views of the sea and mainland.

Its milder climate than the mainland has encouraged a rich and diverse range of animal and plant life, helped by an absence of roads, cars and pollution. Landmark administers and maintains Lundy and has 23 holiday properties on the island. The LAND installation will be at the SW Point near to the Devil's Limekiln.

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