Angel Of The North  by Sandra Cockayne

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Taken from the coach window whilst travelling up the A1 to go the famous and fantastic Bubblemeet at Edinburgh…..

The Angel of the North is a contemporary sculpture designed by Antony Gormley, which is located in Gateshead, England, UK.
It is a steel sculpture of an angel, standing 20 metres (66 ft) tall, with wings measuring 54 metres (177 ft) across. The wings themselves are not planar, but are angled 3.5º forward, which Gormley used to create “a sense of embrace”. It stands on a hill on the southern edge of Low Fell, overlooking the A1 and A167 roads into Tyneside, and the East Coast Main Line rail route, south of the site of Team Colliery.

Work began on the project in 1994 and cost £1 million. Most of the project funding was provided by the National Lottery.
Due to its exposed location, the sculpture was built to withstand winds of over 100 mph (160 km/h). Thus, 600 tonnes of concrete were used to create foundations which anchor the sculpture to rock 70ft (20m) below.
The sculpture was built at Hartlepool Steel Fabrications Ltd. using Corten weather resistant steel. It was made in three parts—with the body weighing 100 tonnes and two wings weighing 50 tonnes each—then brought to its site by road. It took seven hours for the body to be transported from its construction site in Hartlepool, up the A19 road to the site.
Construction work on the Angel was finished on 16 February 1998. It aroused some controversy in British newspapers, at first, while local councillor, Martin Callanan, was especially strong in his opposition. It is now considered by some as a landmark for the Northeast of England and has been listed by one organisation as an “Icon of England”.

Information kindly sourced from Wikapedia.

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  • Valerie Anne Kelly
    Valerie Anne K...over 4 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful sweetheART a fab fave ;} happy hippy hugglez

  • Gosh you were quick there Val! Thank you so much for your lovely compliments and especially for the fave – greatly appreciated hunny! Hugs right back to you too! S)x

    – Sandra Cockayne

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellover 4 years ago

    A wonderful shot Sandra , when where you in Newcastle ?

  • I took it from the coach window going up to Edinburgh, and dropped lucky with the shot!! No cropping!! Thank you Irene, glad you like it! S:)x

    – Sandra Cockayne

  • sarnia2
    sarnia2over 4 years ago

  • Thank you Angie babes for your welcome! Hope you have no headaches today, and that today is a good one for you….S:)x

    – Sandra Cockayne

  • 1stImpressions
    1stImpressionsover 4 years ago


  • Wow! Thank you so much Steve for calling this perfect! You have made my day cos this is the first time someone has any called my work just simply “perfect”! Wow! Cheers for that Steve…. S:)x

    – Sandra Cockayne

  • Lynne Morris
    Lynne Morrisover 4 years ago

    Wow fantastic Sandi.

  • Thank you very much my friend, so pleased you like it….was taken from the coach going up to Edinburgh and dropped lucky! No cropping!! Cheers now, S:)x

    – Sandra Cockayne

  • finepix
    finepixover 4 years ago

    Hi Sandra,good work girl x

  • Thank you David, dropped lucky with this, from the coach window going up to the bubblemeet in Edinburgh! No cropping or straightening!! lol S:)x

    – Sandra Cockayne

  • finepix
    finepixover 4 years ago

    I read that above Sandra lol x

  • You mean to say that you can read aswell?!!!! lol S;)x

    – Sandra Cockayne

  • finepix
    finepixover 4 years ago

    Cheeky lol :-)

    But yes I can lol x

  • lol x

    – Sandra Cockayne

  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfover 4 years ago

    Great opportunist shot chuck, super sky, well done!!

  • Thank you Colin for your great compliments and especially for the fave – greatly appreciated! S:)x

    – Sandra Cockayne

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...over 4 years ago

    this is just amazing dear Sandra, and from a moving bus. a fave.x

  • Thank you my friend Catherine, so pleased that you like it, and thanks too for the fave – greatly appreciated hun…. Yeah, dropped lucky with this one!! S:)x

    – Sandra Cockayne

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