The Angel of the North - Gateshead, Northumberland
A view of the A1 looking south as seen by the Angel.
The Angel was created in 1998 by Anthony Gormley. It is 66 feet (20 metres)
high with wings of 177 feet (54 metres) wide, tilted forward by 3.5 degrees.
Not many people realise that the structure extends far underground to give it
strength and stability. The enormous pressure of a strong wind on those wings
needs a secure base to hold them steady and prevent the entire sculpture
bending or falling over.
It's art but it's also superb engineering.
The people below give you some idea of the scale.
This is still Britain's largest sculpture and is reputed to be the largest
angel sculpture in the world.
Getting a little more intimate.
From just above the left wing.
The Angel stands on a hill by the A1 south of Gateshead west of the
A167 and visible from the East Coast Main Line.