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Angel of the North

United Kingdom
By Dmitry Petrounin Dmitry Petrounin Section editor Profile

Discover Angel of the North

The benevolent Angel of the North, the design of Antony Gormley, has watched over Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, since 1998. Anchored in 600 tonnes of concrete, the 66-foot tall steel sculpture was constructed to defy the strong gusts of winds typical of its exposed location.

Gormley's concept was a tripartite one: to commemorate the area's coal mining heritage, to document the transition from industrial to technological age and to represent the region's hopes and fears.

Indeed, though it initially opened to controversy (namely in the form of the 'Gateshead stop the statue' campaign), the brass-coloured structure - whose wingspan measures 177 feet across - is now one of the prized possessions of North East England.