Angel of the North @ Gateshead, United Kingdom

April 11th, 2011 10 Commented

The Angel of the North was commissioned by Gateshead Council and created by internationally renowned sculptor, Antony Gormley. It is Britain’s largest sculpture and believed to be the world’s largest angel sculpture.

For your information…

This site and surrounding area has been extensively mined since the 1500s. The Team colliery, which operated on the site of the Angel of the North, began operated in the 1720s. In 1939 modern baths were built at the pit head of the colliery that allowed miners to wash as soon as they emerged from the mine rather than waiting until they got home. In the 1960s, this mine finally closed and the pit head baths were reclaimed as a green landscape on the boundary of the Great North Forest.

The Angel has three functions — firstly, a historic one to remind us that below this site coal miners worked in the dark for two hundred years, secondly to grasp hold of the future expressing our transition from the industrial to the information age, and lastly to be a focus for our hopes and fears.

Angel of the North is one of the most-viewed pieces of art in the world. It boasts to be seen by more than one person every second, 90,000 every day or 33 million every year.

The work on the sculpture started in July 1997 and it was assembled on site seven months later in February 1998.

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The Angel was fabricated from 200 tonnes of weathering steel by Hartlepool Steel Fabrications Ltd on Teesside. It rises 20 meters (65ft) and has a wing span of 54 meters (175ft) — almost as big as a jumbo jet. The wings themselves are not planar, but are angled 3.5º forward, which Gormley used to create "a sense of embrace".

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The base or feet of the Angel.

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The following photos show the scenic view during winter time. :)

I’ve included included some wallpapers for the following two photos. I hope you like my work. Enjoy! :)

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I’ve not elaborated or expressed much in this post. It’s hard to pen down my thoughts and feelings about this magnificent sculpture. I suggest that you gotta experience it! yourself.

Official Angel of the North website

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10 responses to “Angel of the North @ Gateshead, United Kingdom”

  1. Aya says:

    Very Unique design 8-O first time heard about this and even made from steel, that’s awesome wings

    • softz says:

      Hey Aya,

      Thank you for dropping by. I’m sorry that I’ve not been actively visiting your blog. I’ve been really busy recently. Will try to make a come back and be active soon, I hope.

  2. Nopy says:

    I was wondering what it was made of, but weathering steel makes sense considering the colour. I think the angel looks more like an airplane rather than an angel, the wings have no feathers :)

    • softz says:

      Hi Nopy,

      Thank you too for visiting my humble blog. I really missed your monthly anime magazine. I hope I’ll be be more prompt in with my visit to you blog soon. Meanwhile, still working on the project. Hope will be able to catch some time soon. But I’ll make sure I take this weekend to do a visit.. before going back to OT-mode.

  3. Fabienne says:

    Wow, I’ve never heard of such a thing, it looks really impressive
    Im wondering if it creates creaking sounds in the summer, when the steel expands because of the heat^^

    • softz says:

      How have you been Fabienne? The Angel is really impressive. :) During the autumn, the gloomy sky didn’t really bring out the spectacular of her. I think she will look exceptionally wonderful during sunrise and sunset. :) I’ll drop by your blog soon. Sorry that I’ve not, loaded with work… :(

      • Fabienne says:

        Im fine, spring is starting and I’m in good mood.
        Yep that could look really cool in these situations.
        Ah no thats completely understandable, don’t feel forced to comment :)

  4. Yi says:

    Wow that angel is super awesome. It has a very unique and powerful presence. And it’s so big!

    Nice photos. ^ ^

  5. Monday says:

    Such unique and impressive design.Thanks for your sharing

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