British Angel of the North turns 20

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Wed, 21 Mar 2018 - 01:59 GMT

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CAIRO - 21 March 2018: The Angel of the North is one of the most iconic sights in the world; it was created by Sir Antony Gormely 20 years ago. Located in Gateshead, England, the body is 20 meters high, almost as high as a five story building, and it has a wingspan of 54 meters.

The Angel of the North is the largest Angel sculpture in the world, and one of the most viewed pieces of art globally. The Angel is visited by approximately 33 million visitors every year, according to Gateshead website.

The body is made of corten steel and weighs 200 tons, with a 500 ton foundation of concrete, while the wings weigh 50 tons each.
Gormley said in his biography online: “It is a huge inspiration to me that the Angel is rarely alone in daylight hours, and as with much of my work, it is given a great deal through the presence of those that visit it.”

Gormley is a British sculptor born in London in 1950. He is widely known for his sculptures, installations and public artworks that investigate the relationship of the human body to space. He continuously tries to identify the space of arts as a place of becoming with new thoughts, feelings and behaviors.

His work has been exhibited in England, China, Brasilia, Australia, Austria, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, and the United States of America.

Gormley was awarded five prizes, lastly in 2013. In 1997, he was made an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) and was made a knight in the New Year's Honors list in 2014. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, an Honorary Doctor of the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Trinity and Jesus Colleges, Cambridge. Gormley has been a Royal Academician since 2003.

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