On our recent trip to Newcastle we visited the Angel of the North on the way home. This once heavily criticised statue has now become a much loved landmark visible from the A1. On our visit to this fascinating icon we learnt some interesting details. Read on for some interesting Angel of the North facts.
20 interesting facts about the Angel Of The North
- The Angel of the North address for pedestrian access is along the A167 Durham Road (northbound) although you can see it from the A1 near Gateshead. The Angel of the North parking area is free and only a few seconds walk away
- It is 20 metres (65 ft) high and has a 54 metres (175 ft) wing span (this is greater than a Boeing 767 aircraft)
- It is built on top of the site of a former coal mine
- It was sculptured by Anthony Gormley
- Digital technology was used to create all the data needed to make the angel
- 150 tonnes of concrete was used around steel reinforcements to help stabilise the sculpture into solid rock 20 metres below ground
- The Angel of the North is Britain’s largest sculpture and thought to be the largest angel sculpture in the world
- Since it is located near a main road it is one of the most seen sculptures in the world, with an estimate of more than 1 person per second seeing it or 33 million views per year
- Construction on the Angel of the North sculpture began in July 1997 and it was assembled in February 1998. The project actually commenced in 1994
- The Angel of the North statue was built in Hartlepool.
- The wings of the Anthony Gormley sculpture are set at an angle of 3.5 degrees
- The Angel of the North was built to signify:- the miners who used to work on this site, to grasp the move from an industrial to an information age and thirdly to be a focus for evolving hopes and fears
- The Angel by Gormley has a body weight of 100 tonnes whilst each wing weighs 50 tonnes
- The Angel of the North cost £800,000 (£584,000 from Lottery funding, £45,000 from Northern Arts and £150,000 from the European Regional Development Fund plus private sponsorships)
- It can withstand wind speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour
- There were 3,153 pieces of steel used during the assembly of the Angel of the North
- It took 20 men working full time for 6 months to construct the sculpture
- The Angel of the North is very hard wearing and requires a maintenance inspection once every 7 years
- It is estimated that the Angel will last for more than 100 years
- 136 bolts were used to attach the wings to the body and 52 bolts to hold the sculpture upright
Have you ever visited the Angel of the North in England? Please leave a comment and tell me about your experience.