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7 December 2006

Angel of the North

Angel of the North (54°54′50.8″N, 1°35′21.9″W) is a modern sculpture created by Antony Gormley, which was erected in Gateshead, England.

As the name suggests, it is a steel sculpture of an angel, standing 20 metres (66 feet) tall, with wings 54 metres (178 feet) — making it wider than the Statue of Liberty's height. The wings themselves are not planar, but are angled 3.5 degrees forward, which Gormley has been quoted as saying was to create "a sense of embrace"[citation needed]. It stands on a hill overlooking the A1 road and the A167 road into Tyneside and the East Coast Main Line rail route.

Work began on the project in 1994, the total cost coming to £1m. Most of the project funding was provided by the National Lottery.

Due to its exposed location, the sculpture has to withstand winds of over 100 mph (160 km/h). Thus, 150 metric tonnes (165 tons) of concrete were used to create foundations which anchor the sculpture to rock 20 metres (66 ft) below.

The sculpture itself was created offsite in three parts – with the body weighing 100 metric tonnes (110 tons), and two wings weighing 50 metric tonnes (55 tons) each – then brought to its site by road. It took seven hours for the body to be transported from its construction site in Hartlepool, County Durham, up the A19 to the site.

Construction work on the Angel was finished in 16 February 1998. Angel of the North aroused some controversy locally and in the British newspapers when first erected, but has now come to be considered as a landmark for the North East of England.

It is sometimes referred to affectionately as 'The Gateshead Flasher'.

Angel of the North adalah landmark kota Newcastle. Julukan 'Angel of the North' diberikan kepada Alan Shearer, legenda liga Inggris dan striker nomor satu tim nasional Inggris periode 1992-2000, yang memang kelahiran asli kota Newcastle.

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