Sculptor Antony Gormley slams art lovers who take photos and selfies at exhibitions

Sculptor Antony Gormley slams art lovers who take photos and selfies at exhibitions

  • Sir Antony said it would be ‘absolutely legitimate’ to ban mobiles inside galleries
  • He was forced to ask visitors to put devices away when viewing ‘The Cave’
  • He said exhibition visitors have a ‘selfie opportunity’ and ‘I was there’ mindset

Sir Antony Gormley has condemned the use of phones to take photos and selfies at art exhibitions

Sir Antony Gormley has condemned the use of phones to take photos and selfies at art exhibitions.

The Angel of the North sculptor, 69, said it would be ‘absolutely legitimate’ to ban mobiles inside galleries after he was forced to ask visitors to put their devices away when viewing his installation at London’s Royal Academy last year.

The Cave – made from 100 tons of sheet steel – presents a dark maze of walk-through chambers.

Sir Antony said: ‘It was totally wrecked, with people using their phones either to light the way or take photographs. We had to say: “Please don’t use your phone because you’ll ruin your own experience and everyone else’s.” ’

Exhibition visitors now put a ‘selfie opportunity’ and ‘I was there’ mindset above anything else, he warned.

Although his work often involves participation from others, Sir Antony admitted he is ‘resistant to the increasing influence of the virtual in our lives’.

Sir Antony's The Cave – made from 100 tons of sheet steel – presents a dark maze of walk-through chambers

Sir Antony’s The Cave – made from 100 tons of sheet steel – presents a dark maze of walk-through chambers

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