‘It invites rumination, the relentless whisper of the tide against the shore…’ John Cooper Clark

For more than half a decade, Antony Gormley’s life-sized figure, Grip, has stood on the rocks below Saddell Castle, looking over the Kilbrannan Sound towards the Isle of Arran. Inanimate witness to the passing of time, as the ceaseless ebb and flow of the tide leaves the sculpture alternately exposed on the shore and engulfed by water, there is intimacy as well as an heroic quality to its stillness. Here in this wild and inherently restless coastal landscape is a measure of scale and a point on which the eye can rest – a function that is elsewhere fulfilled in this sequence of photographs by the fixed form of a tree and by fleeting arrangements of colour and light.


John Pawson