“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

Angel of the North WC
Angel of the North (Wikimedia Commons)

I came across an interesting reference to the Angel of the North on The Daily Mail’s site and decided to dig a big deeper. What I found was simply amazing. What a beautiful work of art.

Called the Angel of the North, the sculpture was designed by artist Antony Gormley. Completed in 1998, the sculpture, which is located in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England, is made of steel and measures 66 feet high and 177 feet across, similar to the wingspan of a jet. For a complete background and history on this impressive structure, click here.

Angel of the North through Trees
Angel of the North through Trees (Wikimedia Commons)