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The Angel of the North: standing tall

I had a trip across to Newcastle and Gateshead today. It was a beautiful sunny winters day and a nice drive across the Pennines. I was a little early for my meeting so I managed to get half an hour or so to visit the Angel of the North. This is a contemporary sculpture, designed by Antony Gormley, which stands on a hill on the southern edge of Gateshead, overlooking the A1 and the East Coast Main Line rail route.

Angel-of-the-North-2-gateshead The Angel of the North: standing tall

Angel-of-the-North-3-gateshead The Angel of the North: standing tall

It is a steel sculpture of an angel, 20 metres (66 ft) tall, with wings measuring 54 metres (177 ft) across. Many people wonder what it signifies. The designer Gormley states that there are 3 meanings “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 – a sculpture is an evolving thing”

Angel-of-the-North-4-gateshead The Angel of the North: standing tall

Angel-of-the-North-5-gateshead The Angel of the North: standing tall

The sculpture has become a much loved icon of the North of England and is much photographed. It is, therefore, quite hard to get your own take on it. Here’s my attempts. I like to one with the view North towards the tower blocks in Gateshead with the Angel’s shadow in it. Normally this would be a school boy error to have your shadow in the foreground of a photo… but when you are a 20 metre tall Angel.. it’s OK. I also like the one of the Angel ‘hiding in the trees…

Angel-of-the-North-6-gateshead The Angel of the North: standing tall

Angel-of-the-North-7-gateshead The Angel of the North: standing tall

Written by Tom Warburton

Long, long ago (back in analogue days) he travelled the world extensively including a two year around the world trip. He is now rediscovering the world with a digital camera. He originally trained as an ecologist and is particularly interested in environmental and wildlife issues.


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