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There were 3,153 pieces of steel used in its assembly and 10km of welding (6 miles) in fabrication.

The wings were attached to the body with 136 bolts and 52 bolts were used to hold the Angel upright in the wind.

There were 5000 cubic metres (6,500 cubic yards) of soil excavated before construction, which was replaced to reform the mound.

The old mine workings had 100 tonnes of grout pumped into them up to 33m (36 yards) below ground.

The engineers, designers and draughtsmen worked for 2,500 hours.

The fabricators worked for 22,000 hours – twenty men working full-time for six months.

It requires minimal maintenance – only one inspection every seven years.

It is believed to be the largest Angel sculpture in the world.

The word ‘angel’ is derived from the Greek ‘angelos’ meaning ‘messenger’.  Biblical angels not only brought tidings and commandments but also acted as; rescuers, ministrants, guardians, guides, stern admonishers and encouragers, interpreters of visions, warriors, destroyers, controllers of the forces of nature and perpetual worshippers in the court of heaven.  Angelic beings are sometimes referred to as ‘sons of God’ (e.g, Job 1:6) and are often depicted in Western art as God’s courtiers, capable of choice, initiative, compassion, grief, perfection and love; each being a special creation.

Angel stories go back thousands of years – ancient Greek, Egyptian and Assyrian culture all mention angels.

Angels crop up in most world religions – Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Zoroastrianism all include accounts of heavenly messengers.

Four hundred years before the birth of Christ, Plato implied that the gods and souls of men had wings.      

Public Art and The Angel of the North

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