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Kunsthaus Bregenz bosses said local officials recently gave the green light to erect the sculptures by English artist Anthony Gormley after four years of planning and heated debate.

Brit's 100 sculptures to invade the Alps

One hundred life-size sculpture will be set up in an area of 150 square kilometres in the mountains around Vorarlberg as part of an art project this summer.

Kunsthaus Bregenz bosses said local officials recently gave the green light to erect the sculptures by English artist Anthony Gormley after four years of planning and heated debate.

Organisers said the "Horizon Field" statues represent "a place where a human being could have been". They explained hikers and skiers will be able to reach the statues, while some will be visible but not accessible.

London-born Gormley said "Horizon Field" was dealing with the key questions of human life.

It was initially planned to set up the sculptures during an exhibition at the Kunsthaus Bregenz last summer. Now organisers got the go-ahead from 34 estate owners.

"It is quite a complex logistical operation to place the sculptures in the Alps. They weigh 640 kilos each and will be transported via helicopter," a spokesman for the Kunsthaus Bregenz said, adding that the plan was to leave them until April 2012.

"Horizon Field" will remind some of Gormley’s "Event Horizon" public sculpture installation on in London in 2007 and New York City this year. It consisted of 31 life-size male bodies made of fibreglass and cast iron placed on prominent buildings.

Some spectators mistook the figures for people planning to commit suicide.

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