Monday, January 8, 2007

About Art - Angel Of The North

The Angel of the North is a modern sculpture created by Antony Gormley, which stands just outside Gateshead in England. As the name suggests, it is a steel sculpture of an angel, standing 66 feet (20meters) tall, with wings 178 feet (54meters) which makes it wider than the Statue of Liberty's height. The wings themselves are not planar, but are angled 3.5 degrees forward, which Gormley created to give it "a sense of embrace". It stands on a hill overlooking the A1 motorway and the A167 into Tyneside and the East Coast Main Line rail route. The Natioanl Lottery provided much of the one million pounds price-tag. The project began in 1994 and was completed on Febuary 16, 1998, arousing some local controversy. Today it is considered a landmark for the Northeast reigion of England.

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