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The sculptor/artist Anthony Gormley, well known for The Angel of the North (Gateshead, UK - I will post a picture soon!) has done many works representing the bodies of people. Domain Field is a set of life-size figures made from a matrix of small steel rods welded together, modelled from plaster casts of residents of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Gateshead, England. Some of the figures are dense and look sturdy, others are almost ethereal and see-through - fragile. I was really struck by the way this echoes the differences between people. I liked the fragile ones best! There are over 200 figures in total, only about 50 were in Winchester (until 29 March 2004), the rest are on show in Lisbon.
The Great Hall was built by King Henry III between 1222 - 1235 and is part of Winchester Castle. It served as a legal and administrative centre and Sir Walter Raleigh stood on trial here in 1603. It contains King Arthur's Round Table, the legendary King whose story gained popularity in the 13th century. The history of this place suited the 'presence' of the figures.
I didn't have a tripod so balanced the camera on a bag at floor level (3 seconds exposure, noise reduction on)

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