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Old 09-30-2006, 08:27 PM
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Burn Waste-Man Burn

A 82-ft high statue made of waste designed by well-known sculptor Anthony Gormley was burnt to the ground as a public performance. It is probably not intended as a work of art. But it must have been a lot of fun as a festival event.

Waste Man burnt in Exodus story

Thousands of people have looked on while an 82ft-high (25m) sculpture of a man built out of rubbish was burned to the ground.

The Waste Man, designed by Angel of the North creator Antony Gormley, was the climax to a day of live public performances in Margate, Kent

Teams of volunteers spent two months collecting waste materials and packing them into the sculpture's framework.

Some of the activities will appear in a film to be shown in cinemas in 2007.

The Margate Exodus event was inspired by the Old Testament story of Moses.

The entire site in the grounds of the Dreamland funfair in Margate was transformed into an Old Testament set. .....
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Old 10-01-2006, 06:15 AM
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Re: Burn Waste-Man Burn

I wonder how the environmentalists feel about all that burning waste...
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Old 10-01-2006, 09:23 AM
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This open air burning is indeed bad for the environment.

I am very much aware of it as we often suffer from bad unhealthy smoke haze due to farm and forest clearance burning in a neighboring country.
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Old 10-02-2006, 09:24 AM
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Re: Burn Waste-Man Burn

This tall statue made of waste material is designed by renowned sculptor Anthony Gormley. But when I first posted the news item about it, I did suspect the burning of this waste man is not intended to be a work of art. This is why I originally did not post the thread in the first Folder on sculpture news.

Now this New York Times article below confirms my doubt. The burning is intended to be a spectacular event for a set in a film or movie called Exodus. It would also draw the tourist crowd to the neglected seaside resort town Margate, England where the event took place.
Reveling in a Wrathful Exodus, Plagues and All
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Old 10-25-2007, 12:12 PM
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Re: Burn Waste-Man Burn

A year ago, this thread was started to report on "a 82-ft high statue made of waste designed by well-known sculptor Anthony Gormley was burnt to the ground as a public performance." It was at a seaside resort town of Margate in England.

I now notice this report by an engineer of the architect firm engaged to design this tall waste man sculpture such that it would collapse and to burn in the manner specified.

I cut and paste only the first part of this report. Click into the link for the full report and pictures.

How we cracked it 37: Margate

The challenge: To create a 25m-high sculpture that would collapse in a controlled manner and burn safely.

The solution:Steel posts and timber members with different sizes and char rates.


... ....

Step 1: the brief

We were appointed by arts facilitator Artangel to provide engineering back-up to Antony Gormley’s studio for the design of a 25m-high sculpture of a man constructed from waste. The sculpture was to be burnt as part of a live event called The Margate Exodus, and as a focal point of a Channel 4 film re-telling the Exodus story. The sculpture itself symbolises “the unwanted detritus of consumer society”.

The key requirements were that the arms and head of the sculpture were to be dragged through the streets of Margate and then lifted into place on to the sculpture before burning. The sculpture had to disappear during the burn.

To add drama during the burning, a series of articulations were to be incorporated. Both arms were to rotate downwards during the burn and the head and upper torso were to collapse forwards.

The challenges were therefore to produce a temporary structure that would withstand potentially substantial wind loads up to the time of the burning, support the vertical loads of the waste, but that would collapse in a given sequence during the burning.

Step 2: Sculptural form

The dimensions of the body were taken from a casting of the sculptor’s own body. The body profile was achieved by using a series of platforms shaped to replicate the cross section of the body at the height of the platform. As well as defining the shape, these platforms were to be used to provide access to operatives during construction and support the loads from the waste.

Antony Gormley’s studio provided templates to sit at regular intervals for the body, arms, legs and head, defining the cross-section perpendicular to a theoretical “stick” line on the approximate centre of the body and limbs.

The maximum forces anticipated in the sculpture converge at the base – or ankles – where the cross section is at a minimum. But the sculptor considered it essential that the legs followed the real profile of the human body, and that “flaring” the sculpture at the base to relieve the high stresses was not permitted.

Step 3: Structural form

Early concepts for the structure itself involved creating a three-dimensional framework using recycled telegraph poles which would be bolted together to form a vertical truss approximately following the profile of the body. ....

Step 4: Designing for collapse

To allow the sculpture to collapse in the required way, we connected a three-dimensional timber A-frame to the top of the columns to form the upper torso, with suitable extensions to support the arms, neck and head.

These were structured so that the timbers to the front of the frame were thinner than those to the back, allowing the chest to fall forwards during the burn. ....
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