The Angel of the North is the outstanding landmark to the entrance to Tyneside. Its wide, open arms
Wider than a Boeing 767 but definitely not meant to fly
give visitors a warm hearted Geordie welcome as they reach Gateshead, whether they come by road or rail. The statue is now a World famous icon of the North East of England.
With a wingspan wider than a Boeing 767, the 20m high by 54m wide steel sculpture is now one of the World’s best known and most controversial landmarks. To stop the angel literally taking off in strong winds, the sculpture has been designed to withstand gusts of up to 100 miles an hour.
Its silhouette at the head of the Team Valley rivals that of the famous Tyne Bridge. It can be clearly seen by more than 100,000 drivers a day on the A1 – more than
one a second, which slows the traffic dramatically – and by passengers on the East Coast main line from London to Edinburgh
The Angel of the North has been manufactured from a special weather resistant Cor-ten steel which contains a small amount of copper. The surface has oxidised with age producing a rich red, russet brown.
The Angel has World wide connections, Ove Arup & Partners who advised on the project had previously worked on the Sydney Opera House and the Lloyds building in London. The Angel was manufactured by Hartlepool Steel Fabrications who have worked on producing North Sea oil rigs and have recently finished renovating Middlesborough’s Transporter Bridge which is in itself a very famous landmark because of its unique design and technical originality.
Built to last: if it stands for 100 years, between 10 – 20 million people are expected to inspect to see the angel close-up.
The Angel of the North is part of Gateshead Council’s public art programme which now includes over thirty noted works of art. Other attractions in Gateshead for art lovers include the award-winning Riverside Sculture Park on the River Tyne, the Marking the Ways Sculpture Trail in the Great North Forest and the Shipley Art Gallery near the town centre.
Nearby attractions include the National Trust’s historic Gibside Estate, three hundred acres of beautiful countryside at Derwent Walk Country Park, the Victorian splendour of Saltwell Park, Beamish Museum in County Durham and the Wildfowl and Wetlands Centre in Washington.
The ‘Angel of the North’: It is made of weather resistant steel, containing copper, which forms a patina on the surface that mellows with age Below the structure are massive concrete piles 22 metres deep anchoring it to the solid rock beneath The body is hollow to allow for internal inspections with an access door high up on a shoulder blade It is built to last for more than 100 years and withstand winds of more than 100 miles per hour