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Angel of the North, Gateshead

On the way back from St Mary’s a quick detour off the A1 to take this in. I’d driven past it countless times in the past just never had the time or energy to stop. Today I made time.

Angel of the North is a modern sculpture designed by Antony Gormley, which is located in Gateshead, United Kingdom.

As the name suggests, it is a steel sculpture of an angel, standing 66 feet (20 metres) tall, with wings measuring 178 feet (54 metres) across — making it wider than the Statue of Liberty’s height. The wings themselves are not planar, but are angled 3.5 degrees forward, which Gormley has said aims to create “a sense of embrace”.[1] It stands on a hill, on the southern edge of Low Fell overlooking the A1 road and the A167 road into Tyneside and the East Coast Main Line rail route.

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