A sculpture, designed by Antony Gormley. 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.
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 meters 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.