Mothership with Standing Matter is located at Jernbaneparken in Lillehammer and is the first thing that people see upon arriving to the city by train. The sculpture by Antony Gormley stands upright inside a concrete pavilion.
Through this sculpture Gormley explores the relationship of the human body to space at large. The sculpture in Mothership with Standing Matter measures 190 cm in height. It doesn’t have a uniform cohesive shape, but is comprised of steel balls of various sizes. This gives it an ephemeral and transparent expression. Some of the balls have accidently fallen off the sculpture and scattered onto the floor. It is as if the sculpture is about to disintegrate. The sculpture’s placement inside a compact room creates an effective contrast to the sculpture’s evolving character.
-When I grew up in North London during the postwar era, everything had to be rational and functional. Today there’s more room to integrate art into the society, and I’m proud to be a part of this, says Gormley
Jernbaneparken in Lillehammer is a good location for the sculpture since it allows large numbers of people to experience the artwork. Gormley uses his works in different ways to question people’s function and role in society; their relationship to one another either in hectic urban situations or in more deserted, remote locations.