On 30 September 2006 Antony Gormley’s Waste Man was burned to the ground in front of an audience of thousands in the seaside town of Margate. The resulting film, Exodus, a modern retelling of the biblical story by Penny Woolcock, was broadcast on Channel 4 in 2007.

As part of a multi-discipline team Westgreen worked directly with the artist and film producer to create the sculptural finalé to the film. The five-storey high timber sculpture had to be structurally sound, safe and practical in construction but then ignite, burn and collapse in accordance with the artistic vision.


Antony Gormley
Artangel — Slideshow
Artangel — Exodus
Artangel — Burning of the Waste Man (video)
View, Blueprint (pdf)

Photography: Simon Collins Photography / Studio Octavio