Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Legend of The Iron Men of Crosby

Photo by Alan Cookson
These cast iron sculptures are called "Another Place" by Antony Gormley.  100 of these figures are spread out across Crosby Beach, and has become a permanent fixture in that area of Liverpool.  
Photo by Anders Harbo
"The work is seen as a poetic response to the individual and universal sentiments associated with emigration - sadness at leaving, but the hope of a new future in another place." - Seton Council

It was kind of haunting, seeing all those iron statues at the beach, some of them submerged under water, all looking out to sea, as if they were waiting for someone... or longing for something. It made me feel a little melancholy... sad even... but I was completely blown away by the art. 

I tried to do some research to see if there were any myths or legends associated with the "Iron Men of Crosby Beach", but I never found anything.
SO... I decided to make one up, and write a legend of my own. :)

Here goes...

The Legend of The Iron Men of Crosby
A Short Story by Eartha A.

Thousands of years ago, when the Sun, the Moon and the Sea could talk in a language that humans could understand, Earth faced a terrible danger. Evil forces from faraway Stars threatened to occupy Earth to drain their resources, and claim the planet as their own. 

The humans didn't have enough strength nor power to stop this Great Evil, and so they called upon the Sun, Moon, and the Sea for help.

Seeing the humans despair, the Powerful Three looked into the Never-ending Sky for guardians, to help the humans of the Earth ward off the Great Evil.

Mercury answered, giving 100 of their greatest Iron Soldiers to fight alongside the humans.
To get to Earth, they needed a vessel to carry them through the Never-ending Sky... And so the Moon formed a large ship from its rocks, big enough for all 100 of the Iron Soldiers to fit. The Sun lent its rays for the ship to be able to travel from Mercury to Earth, and the Sea provided quick and safe passage for the ship to arrive on Earth's shores.

The humans and the Iron Soldiers fought side by side against the Great Evil, and the battle went on for what seemed like an eternity. Blood was shed, lives were lost… But because of the Iron Soldiers’ strength -- a potent power that they draw from Mercury’s core, and Man’s unyielding spirit and resilience to fight for those whom they love, the Great Evil was defeated, never again to return to Earth’s shores.
The Men rejoiced at the victory, thanked the Iron Soldiers, the Sun, the Moon and the Sea for heeding their plea, and returned to their Women to celebrate their freedom.

The Iron Soldiers observed the Men and Women closely. They noticed that the humans connected in a way that is unfamiliar to them. The Men and Women of Earth shared something called The Great Love, and it was the highest form of energy they have ever seen. They were amazed, got jealous, and felt a sense of longing. They wanted The Great Love for themselves.

And so they tricked the Moon, Sun and Sea. They loaded the Moon Vessel that were supposed to take them home with sand cast statues of themselves, and stayed on Earth to pursue their own Great Loves.

They took the Women from the Men, snatching them away in the night, thinking that a Great Love will supervene. But upon waking, the Women wept and cursed the Iron Soldiers, and demanded to be returned to their Men.
But the Iron Soldiers reminded them that without their help, they would have lost the battle against the Great Evil… That they were stronger and better suited to be their Love.
And the Women said to them, “A Great Love is never bought, nor forced. It is a bond that can never be undone, a powerful force shared by two hearts. And a heart is that which you do not have.”

The Iron Soldiers, shamed by what they have done, returned the Women to the Men. Outraged, the Men called on the Sea, Moon and Sun to take the Iron Soldiers back to where they came from.

The Powerful Three only then realized that the Iron Soldiers in the vessel were fake, and had already been disintegrated once they hit Mercury’s powerful core.

The Iron Soldiers, crestfallen and disgraced, apologized to all… wanting nothing more than to go back to Mercury where they belong. But alas, the vessel could not be remade and there was no other way for the Iron Soldiers to return home.

The Men and Women pleaded justice for what the Iron Soldiers had done, for according to them, they could no longer be trusted.

And so, all 100 of the Iron Soldiers were punished, frozen in time facing the ocean… doomed forever to look at the Sea, the Moon and the Sun, to remind them of what they had done and to get only a glimpse of the home they have lost. These Iron giants who were once great warriors and Man’s ally are now only known as mere Iron Statues thousands of years later, condemned with the gift of sight, and surrounded by people who walk with their Great Loves for all eternity.
Great Love’s that they once have known, but will never have.

The End.
Photo by Mark McGowan