The below extract from an online article by Sonia Leonard picks up on the collaborative nature of reproduction used in Antony Gormley's work Fields. The concept that mass reproduction away from the factory gave each model an individuality, which was unseen through reproduction previously.
'In the early 1980's,Gormley gently introduced terracotta into his sculpture, which often acted as a foil to the lead body casts nearby. The material provided Gormley with a metaphore for spiritual release. If lead body cases represent man, acoalescence of mind and body, then the earth pieces represent the emancipation of the soul and the completion of the alchemical process. Nowhere is this sense of spirit more apparent in Antony Gormley's work than in his hugely successful and ambitious collaborative installation project Field (1991), which fulfilled his desire to include a sense of ritualistic creativity in a group production.'
Leonard. S., Antony Gormely: Method and Motivation, [Online]
Availbable at: http://www.ncad.ie/faculties/visualculture/research/thoughtlines/sleonard.pdf
[Accessed 19th March 2009]
(Post by Patrick Kirk-Smith)