Antony Gormley’s Angel of the North
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Antony Gormley’s massive sculpture, Angel of the North, is the largest sculpture in England. Towering over the towns of Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, the Angel weighs 200 metric tons (440,924 pounds) and has a wingspan of 54 meters (177 feet). It was built above the Lower Tyne Colliery where thousands of coal miners worked over the past three centuries. Upon erecting the sculpture in 1998, Gormley hoped his piece would convey hope during difficult times as the hard labor of the industrial age gave way to the advances of the age of information. Nowadays, thousands of tourists and Instagrammers find Angel of the North to be a source of creative inspiration as they gather to shoot the piece from unique angles and capture the work’s monumental scale.