The Angel of the North

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Low Eighton, Gateshead, United Kingdom

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joseph98 joseph98
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A masterpiece Oct 04, 2013
Anthony Gormley is responsible for such artistic works as the "Another Place" statues on Crosby Beach near Liverpool (some of which get submerged by the sea as the tide comes in) and the "Event Horizon" installations which moved to Sao Paulo from London via New York.

It is his "Angel of the North" sculpture that made his name, and it arguably remains the piece that he is most associated with. Towering 20 metres in to the sky, this steel statue dominates the surrounding skyline, its weirdly straight wings stretching ever outward.

Gormley said that the statue symbolises our hopes and fears for the future as we transition from the industrial to the digital age, and the statue does seem to borrow design concepts from both eras. However you interpret it, the Angel is a proud, startling symbol of the North of England, and very much worth a visit.
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Dr_Seuss Dr_Seuss
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The Angel Of The North Oct 07, 2012
The Angel Of The North is the biggest statue in the UK. Easy to reach from Newcastle by going over the Tyne Bridge and following the A167 until you come to a roundabout, and take the last exit to Low Fell. You have to pass by The Angel and double back at the roundabout just after it.

From the A1 heading North take the A167 signposted for Gateshead. There are also buses running to it, one of them being the Angel 21 service from Newcastle Eldon Square bus Station, that runs every 10-20 minutes, and takes around 20 minutes journey time.

Designed by Anthony Gormley, and made from 200 tonnes of weathering steel, it took 7 months to put together on the site before being completed in February 1998.

It stands 20m (65ft) tall and has a wingspan of 54m(175ft)which is approximately the same dimensions as a jumbo jet. Sits on hill above the main North/South A1 road, it is one of the most viewed pieces of art in the world, and is reckoned to be seen by more than one person every second, 90,000 people a day, or 33m people a year.Now that's public art :D

I remember it being built, and the sceptisism of folk wondering what it was all about, and until going myself I probably still shared the reservations. It has now become a symbol of the North East.

There is a small free car park at the site, and we reckoned it was small as the turnover would be relatively quick for people stopping, as there isn't anything else at the site.

The whole thing though is really just the impressive scale of it. You have to try and get as far back from it as you can to fit it all into one shot.

Was nice and bright when we saw it, with the rust colour shining in the sun, but reckon even on a dull wet winter day it would have a 'mood' about it.

I'm a convert now :D and loved it, and it's worth the (relatively easy) effort of making a stop off to see it up close and personal.
Angel Of The North From The Car Pa…
Angel Of The North Full Wingspan
Angel Of The North Up Close
Me At The Angel Of The North
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HelenP says:
Ian, I have been past the Angel on the A1 quite a few times and it is a spectacular sight from the road. Never stopped and visited it though.. it it real cool. Thanks for the review.
Posted on: Oct 19, 2012

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