Angel of the North, Gateshead


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  • Jack Boddy on Feb. 26, 2015, 6:33 p.m.

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    What makes this sculpture so important to you and why?
    I arrived in the north east area in 1998 which is the same year in which the Angel of the North was constructed. It is of particular significance, because it is situated in Gateshead . In 1998 I joined Northumbria police and was based at Gateshead police station. The Angel of the North represents my arrival in the north east area. It is also of interest to me, due to it's obvious links to engineering i was previously employed in the structural engineering industry.

  • Jack Boddy on Feb. 27, 2015, 5:20 p.m.

    When was the first time you saw the Angel of the North and what were your emotions?

    I don't recall the very first time I saw the Angel of the North. However every time I do see the Angel I always think that it is a strong and iconic image of the North East, which is representative of the regions strong industrial past. Even though I am from the Manchester area, I still feel a great deal of pride when I see the Angel when returning home along the A1.

  • Jack Boddy on Feb. 28, 2015, 10:48 a.m.

    Who was the creator of the Angel of the North and do you know anything about him?
    The creator of the Angel of the North was Anthony Gormley. I am aware that Anthony is a professional artist/sculpture who produces exhibitions mainly representing the human body. I have also seen his other work whilst walking the dog (Millie) on a beach near Liverpool. Gormley was the designer of numerous life size human sculptures who look out to sea on a beach at Crosby in Merseyside. I also know that he was the creator of an open air exhibition in London, when human body sculptures were placed on prominent buildings in the city

  • Jack Boddy on Feb. 28, 2015, 10:54 a.m.

    Where was the Angel constructed and transported from and too?
    I seem to recall that the Angel was built by an engineering company in the Hartlepool area. Due to its size the angel had to be transported to its site in Gateshead by road. The Angel of the North arrived in several sections and was erected on site at Gateshead.

  • Jack Boddy on Feb. 28, 2015, 11:02 a.m.

    How did the creator think up the design?
    I think that Anthony Gormley wanted to represent the North Easts heritage and history involving industry in the Angel. It is quite clearly a project that has been produced in a heavy engineering workshop, which has involved steel engineering process such as welding. As I was a steel fabrication in my early workdays, I can appreciate the technical skill that has been employed to produce the curve and symmetry evenly on the Angel sculpture.

  • Jack Boddy on Feb. 28, 2015, 11:12 a.m.

    Do you know what the materials the Angel is made from?
    The Angel is made from a specific kind of steel which is weather resistant. I am aware that the alloy contains an amount of copper which contributes to the "orange" affect seen on the structure

  • Jack Boddy on Feb. 28, 2015, 11:26 a.m.

    What do you personally think is the most interesting fact about the Angel?
    I think the most interesting fact about the Angel is the difference between the early opposition to the project and it's almost universal acceptances today. In the early days of the project there was criticism of the structure. Early opposition thought, that the Angel may be an "eyesore" in the area. However the Angel is now viewed as an iconic structure which is an identifying landmark to those living outside the area.

  • Jack Boddy on Feb. 28, 2015, 11:37 a.m.

    Why was the site of the Angel of the North chosen? Does it point in a certain direction?
    I am unsure exactly why the site of the Angel was chosen. However it is clearly on a prominent headland on the approach to the Tyneside region northwards along the A1. It is on a site which in effect "greets" new visitors to the area and locals alike. Therefore I assume that the site was chosen due to the likelihood of millions of people seeing the Angel. The Angel appears to point South, and possibly slightly west.

  • Jack Boddy on Feb. 28, 2015, 11:54 a.m.

    Do you think the Angel of the North is the best sculpture in Tyneside and why?
    Again my engineering background allows me to consider elements of the Angel which may not be appreciated by others. This ability to achieve such a detailed human life form from steel, is an incredible display of engineering workmanship. However there is no other sculpture in the North East which is as promient, iconic and world renowned as The Angel therefore, these are the reasons why i think the Angel of the North is the best sculpture in Tyneside.

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