The Angel of the North shot by drone from various heights and angles…
It’s the design and vision of Antony Gormley and is one of the most photographed and viewed sculptures in the world with around 90,000 every day or an incredible 33 million every year.
The artwork was installed back in February 1998 and over the last twenty years has become one of the most recognisable pieces of public art ever produced, winning many accolades and awards.
Angel of the North – Stats and facts
- Believed to be the largest angel sculpture in the world
- Two thirds of people in the North East had already heard of the Angel of the North before it was even built
- Its 54 metre (175 foot) wingspan is wider than a Boeing 757 or 767 jet and almost the same as a Jumbo jet
- It stands 20 metres (65 feet) high – the height of a five storey building or four double decker buses
- It weighs in at 200 tonnes – the body 100 tonnes and the wings 50 tonnes each
- There is enough steel in it to make 16 double decker buses or four Chieftain tanks
- It will last for more than 100 years
- It will withstand winds of more than 100 miles per hour
- Below the sculpture, massive concrete piles 20 metres deep will anchor it to the solid rock beneath
- It is made of weather resistant Cor-ten steel, containing a small amount of copper, which forms a patina on the surface that mellows with age
- Huge sections of the Angel – up to six metres wide and 25 metres long – were transported to the site by lorry with a police escort
- The total cost of The Angel of the North was £800,000.