Angel of the North Gateshead




Angel of the North ~ Gateshead

Angel of the North ~ Gateshead

Angel of the North ~ Gateshead

The ‘Angel of the North’ was commissioned by

Gateshead Council and created by internationally

Renowned sculptor Antony Gormley. It is Britain’s

Largest sculpture and believed to be the world’s

Largest angel sculpture.

It is one of the most-viewed pieces of art in the

World – seen by more than one person every

Second, 90,000 every day or 33 million every year.

Work on the sculpture started in July 1997 and

it was assembled on site seven months later in February 1998.

The Angel was fabricated from 200 tonnes of

Weathering steel by Hartlepool Steel Fabrications

Ltd on Teesside. It rises 20 metres (65ft) and has

A wing span of 54 metres (175ft) – almost as big

As a jumbo jet.

‘People are always asking why an angel? The only response I can give is

That no-one has ever seen one and we need to keep imagining them.

The angel has three functions – firstly a historic one to remind us that below

This site coal miners worked in the dark for two hundred years, secondly to

Grasp hold of the future expressing our transition from the industrial to the

Information age, and lastly to be a focus for our hopes and fears.’


The angel has an external skeleton of ribs

Cut from 59mm thick steel with the skin in

6mm sheet steel bent and welded to form

The body shape.

Ove Arup and Partner’s acted as technical

Experts on the design and the site, and

The foundations were prepared by Thomas Armstrong (Construction)Ltd.

The site was cleared, old mine workings

Were filled weith grouting and eight holes

Drilled, each ¾ metre across.

One hundred and Fifty tonnes of concrete

Were poured around steel reinforcement

To form massive piles to root the sculpture

Into solid rock 20 metres below ground.

A concrete slab one and a half metres

Thick and covering an area 13 metres by

8 metres was then laid on top of the piles.

A plinth 5.3 metres high was built on the

 slabs and cast into it are 52 bolts – each

Three metres long – onto which the Angel

Is fixed.

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