The British Beach That's Always Full of Men
We don't usually go to Britain for the beaches, but we've just discovered we want to try out Crosby Beach on the coast north of Liverpool. It's got a bit of everything: art, controversy, and even sex.
So what's so special about Crosby Beach? It's home to a major art installation called Another Place, a set of sculptures by artist Antony Gormley. There basically are 100 cast iron people who are standing along a two-mile stretch of beach, all staring out to sea.
The controversy came when the exhibition should've been moved to New York a couple of years back. A group of advocates pressed the local council to allow the statues to stay, and despite concerns about them being a danger to watersports participants and being pornographic because the statues have real male body parts, they stayed.
More and more tourists are starting to turn up at Crosby Beach to check out the hundred iron men. Just make sure you get your timing right--at high tide nearly all the statues are submerged under water.
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[Photo: Mr Po]