Body conveys an impressive sense of weight and unity. Evocative articulation of two pieces, the principal structure stands for the recipient of an other human body shape. Although mainly invisible the presence of this inner body is clearly disclosed by the apparition of his scalp through a top orifice.
Through its double structure Body "has a relation to the external space within which it exists as to the inner space it contains." (J. Hutchinson, 'Return (The Turning Point)', in: 'Antony Gormley', London, p.34.) In its fix and solid bearing the sculpture conveys the artist's conception of the human body as a 'container', a 'temple of being'(ibid.)
Its pure, absolute shape could thus, recall the shape of an Egyptian sarcophagus, bearing in mind the Antique mythological idea that the body is reincarnated after death. The visibility of the scalp indicates both the inside of the body's confinements along with the paradoxical abstract sign of liberation of mind that is linked to the Christian symbol of spiritual elevation. The work could therefore be either seen as the evocation of the body's entombment or paradoxically of its postnatal state.
'Body' embodies many crucial Gormley's concerns coming from his aspiration toward the Western and Eastern spiritual traditions as the tensions between physical and spiritual containment, body and mind, outer and inner worlds, birth and death, growth and decay.