The Angel of the North in Gateshead

The Angel of the North in Gateshead

The Angel is a contemporary sculpture, designed by Antony Gormley, located in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England.

The significance of an angel was three-fold: first, to signify that beneath the site of its construction, coal miners worked for two centuries; second, to grasp the transition from an industrial to an information age, and third, to serve as a focus for our evolving hopes and fears.

The Angel of the North/ Image: ANDREW YATES/AFP/GETTY IMAGES
The Angel stands on a hill at Low Eighton in Lamesley parish, overlooking the A1 and A167 roads

Is a steel sculpture of an angel, 20 meters tall, with wings measuring 54 meters across. The wings are angled 3.5 degrees forward to create, according to Gormley, “a sense of embrace”.

Due to its exposed location, the sculpture was built to withstand winds of over 160 km/h. Thus, foundations containing 600 tonnes of concrete anchor the sculpture to rock 21 meter below.

It was made in three parts—with the body weighing 100 tonnes and two wings weighing 50 tonnes each—then brought to its site by road.

Work began on the project in 1994. The Angel was installed on 15 February 1998.

Angel of the North construction / Image: mirror
The sculpture was built at Hartlepool Steel Fabrications Ltd using COR-TEN weather-resistant steel.

 

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