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 Angel of the North


Gateshead’s Angel of the North was one of the most notable engineering projects on Tyneside since the building of the Tyne Bridge in 1929 and brought a whole new list of superlatives to the world of art.

It is on of the largest sculptures in Britain to date.

It is one of the most viewed pieces of art in the world - seen by more than                            

   one person every second, 90,000 every day or 33 million every year.

It is one of the most famous artworks in the region - over four fifths of

people in the North East had already heard of the Angel of the North before it was built.

Its 54 metre (175 feet) wingspan is bigger than a Boeing 757 or 767 jet and almost the same as a jumbo jet.

It is 20 metres (65 feet) high - the height of a five-storey building or four double decker buses.

The wing height at the body junction is 6.2 metres (6.75 yards).

The ankle cross-section measures 780mm (.78m) by 1400mm (1.4m) or 30.73” (8.5 yards) by 55.16” (15.25 yards).

It weighs 208 tonnes.

The total cost of the Angel was £800,000.

It will last for more than 100 years.

It withstands winds of more than 100 miles per hour.

It is situated geographically at latitude 54.58 degrees North and longitude 1.35 degrees West.

Beneath the ground, 700 tonnes of concrete and 32 tonnes of reinforcing steel were used in the foundations extending down 20 metres (65 feet) anchoring it to the solid rock beneath.

It is made of weather resistant cor-ten steel (a steel invented for building bridges and now used where extra strength is needed without adding unduly to structural weight). It also contains a small amount of copper, which in time will form a patina on the surface.

Public Art and The Angel of the North

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