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Angel Of The North

Sandra Cockayne

Low Row, United Kingdom

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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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Tamron 80-300mm lens @ 300mm.

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