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The 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
LinkExternal link - Angel of the North homepage
by David Dixon

Created: Sat, 25 Jun 2011, Updated: Sat, 25 Jun 2011


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NZ2657 : Information Board - Angel of the North by Eirian Evans
NZ2657 : The Angel by David Dixon
NZ2657 : The Angel of the North by David Dixon
NZ2657 : Visit the Angel and pause for an ice cream by Gerald England
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NZ2657 : The Angel of the North by Philip Halling
NZ2657 : The Angel of the North by Gerald England
NZ2657 : Angel of the North - The ribbed body by Rob Farrow
NZ2657 : Angel of the North by Gerald England
NZ2657 : Angel of the North by Anthony Foster
NZ2657 : Angel of the North (plaque) by David Dixon
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NZ2657 : The Angel of The North by David Dixon
NZ2657 : Car park for Angel of the North by David P Howard
NZ2657 : Longacre Wood by Gerald England
NZ2657 : The Angel of the North by Eirian Evans
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NZ2657 : The Angel of the North by David Dixon
NZ2657 : Angel of the North - Side view by Rob Farrow
NZ2657 : The Angel of the North by Philip Halling
NZ2657 : The Angel of the North by Ralph Greig
NZ2657 : Angel of the North by Gerald England
NZ2657 : Angel of the North by David Dixon

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