2013

NZ2657 : Angel of the North

taken 11 years ago, near to Lamesley, Gateshead, England

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Angel of the North
Angel of the North
The Angel of the North is a contemporary steel sculpture of an angel designed by Antony Gormley. It stands on a hill, in Gateshead, on the southern edge of Low Fell, overlooking the A1 and A167 roads into Tyneside, and the East Coast Main Line rail route.

The 208-tonne “Angel” basically takes the form of a human figure. At 20 metres high, the Angel is higher than a five-storey building. Its wings are 54 metres wide - almost the same as a jumbo jet.

Due to its exposed location, the sculpture was built to withstand winds of over 100 mph. It is anchored to the solid rock beneath by massive concrete piles 22 metres deep. It is made of weather resistant steel, containing copper, which forms a patina on the surface that mellows with age.

When first unveiled in February 1998, the Angel aroused much controversy and has since become one of the most talked about pieces of public art ever produced. It is now considered to be a landmark for the Northeast of England and has been listed by one organisation as an "Icon of England". It has often been used in film and television to represent the Northeast of England.

LinkExternal link - Gateshead Council
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NZ2657, 219 images   (more nearby 🔍)
Photographer
David Dixon   (more nearby)
Date Taken
Monday, 1 July, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 9 July, 2013
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2642 5778 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:54.8419N 1:35.3643W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2648 5778
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WEST (about 270 degrees)
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