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Angel of the North
Angel of the North
Angel of the North
Angel of the North
Angel of the North
Angel of the North
Angel of the North
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Angel of the North

© courtesy of the artist and Jay Jopling / White Cube. Photo credit: George Ledger / Art UK

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A monumental, stylised representation of an angel. Gormley describes the work as an object that would be a focus of hope at a painful time of transition for the people of the North East, abandoned in the gap between the industrial and information ages.

The sculpture sits on a mound made from the remains of the pithead baths from the Lower Tyne Colliery, which were destroyed after the colliery closed. The angel bears witness to the hundreds and thousands of colliery workers who had spent the last 300 years mining coal beneath the surface. The erection and unveiling day was a major media event with over 20 television crews beaming the news around the world.

Date

1994–1997

Medium

weathering steel

Measurements

H 2000 x W 5400 x D (?) cm

Accession number

NE11_GL_S172

Acquisition method

commissioned by Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council

Work type

Statue

Owner

Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council

Custodian

Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council

Work status

extant

Unveiling date

16-Feb-98

Access

at all times


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Located at

Durham Road, Low Eighton, Gateshead

NE9 7TY

On a grassed panoramic hill beside the A1.