Angel of the North
Antony Gormley's Angel of the North is one of the Sunday Times' "Seven Wonders of Britain."
(image courtesy of Roger Coulam)
north east england
unused, from 2009
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The Angel of the North is a contemporary sculpture designed by Antony Gormley, which is located in Gateshead, England.
As the name suggests, it is a steel sculpture of an angel, standing 66 feet (20 m) tall, with wings measuring 178 feet (54 m) across — making it wider than the Statue of Liberty's height. The wings themselves are are angled 3.5 degrees forward, which Gormley has said aims to create "a sense of embrace"
Work began on the project in 1994, the total cost coming to £1m. Most of the project funding was provided by the National Lottery.
Due to its exposed location, the sculpture has to withstand winds of over 100 mph (160 km/h). Thus, 600 metric tonnes (661 tons) of concrete were used to create foundations which anchor the sculpture to rock 20 metres (66 ft) below.