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.’
ANTONY GORMLEY, Sculptor
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