Erected by Gateshead Council in 1998 the Angel of the North is situated very close to the A1, one of the UK's major roadways in England's North East. When sculptor Antony Gormley's design was selected it initially caused an uproar but has since become a beloved local icon.
Gormley's sculpture of an angel is the largest in the world and pays homage to the regions mining and industrial past. It is 20 meters tall and has a wingspan of 54 meters, almost the same as a Jumbo jet.
Location: Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England
- 1998-02-15 The Angel of the North, a large-scale steel sculpture 20 m (66 ft) tall by Antony Gormley is installed at Gateshead, northern England