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The Angel of the North - Gateshead, Northumberland

The Angel of the North, Gateshead, Northumberland, England

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 Angel of the North, Gateshead, Northumberland, England

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.


The Angel of the North, Gateshead, Northumberland, England

Getting a little more intimate.

From just above the left wing.


The Angel of the North, Gateshead, Northumberland, England

Looking south-west.

The Angel stands on a hill by the A1 south of Gateshead west of the A167 and visible from the East Coast Main Line.




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