The Angel of the North Statue Gateshead Reviews
Huge sculpture in North England Nov 15, 2011
Gateshead, in north-east England, has a population of around 200,000. However, until late in the 20th century, if you had asked anybody in other parts of England what they knew about Gateshead, they would probably only have been able to tell you that it was near Newcastle.
Now, however, there would be a chance of far more. The Metro shopping centre, the Baltic for modern art exhibitions and the Sage, often called by the nickname of Armadillo (or locally SLUG because of its shape, have all contributed to making the name of Gateshead mean more.
But most important of all has been the Angel of the North. It's certainly to be enjoyed free but the overall rating is mine. Whereas a lot would agree with me, many others including one of my sons would rate it at 1 and others would settle on all levels between.
Here I will just give some facts.it is 20m tall and the span of its arms is 54m. It is supposed to withstand winds of up to 100mph. it was done by the renowned sculptor, Anthony Gormley. 600 tonnes of concrete were used on the foundations, the body weighs 100 tonnes and each wing weighs 50 tonnes.
So those who love it and those who hate it can agree on one thing - it's BIG! See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angel_of_the_North for more.
P.S. I have now seen the Angel up close and realise that its size is only a part of its appeal. Unfortunately the weather was the direct opposite to photogenic but I thought it was probably worth while to show its curves and a little of its design. I hope one day to replace the ones here with decent ones.
As for the size, you will see that I was unable to get the whole Angel except at a considerable angle - in spite of using the widest angle of an 18-55 zoom lens - at quite a distance!
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