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The Angel of the North
The Angel of the North is an iconic landmark of the North East. This 20 metres (66 ft) tall contemporary sculpture was designed by Antony Gormley. The wings extend 54 metres (177 ft) across, almost as wide as a Boeing 747, and curve slightly inwards to give “a sense of embrace”.
It is one of the most viewed pieces of art in the world, seen by more than one person every second, 90,000 every day or 33 million every year!
The significance of an Angel was to show that beneath the site of its construction, coal miners worked for two centuries and grasp the transition from an industrial to an information age. The Angel of the North has become one of the most talked about pieces of public art ever produced.
Located near Gateshead, it stands on a hill just to the north of Birtley, overlooking the A1 and A167 roads, work began on the project in 1994 at a cost of £800,000, with most of the funding provided by the National Lottery. The Angel was finished on 16th February 1998.
The Angel of the North was voted 2nd favourite UK landmark when The Independent ‘Traveller‘ and BA’s ‘High Life‘ magazine asked readers to help select 21 icons that define 21-century Britain.
The Angel of the North has also been voted the UK’s best loved roadside landmark in a survey by National Express.