Angel at 10
The Angel is 10 in February 2008
Ten years of the Angel
February 2008 marked the 10th anniversary of the Angel of the North. In that time it has become an icon of the north-east of England. What does the Angel mean to you?
Ten years ago, hundreds of people turned out to watch the Angel of the North being installed on a Gateshead hilltop.
The huge steel structure was transported from Hartlepool on three low loaders overnight on 14 February 1998 and erected the following day.
Created by the sculptor Antony Gormley, it is 20 metres (65ft) high and its wingspan is 54 metres (175ft).
Thousands of people see the Angel every day
The sculpture was anchored to the earth of the former colliery site by huge concrete piles 20 metres deep.
The site overlooks the busy A1 and it is estimated it is seen by 90,000 people every day.
Gateshead Council is planning a year-long programme of events to mark the Angel's anniversary.
Over the last decade it has become one of the most recognisable symbols of the North East.
But the £800,000 Angel project was not without controversy.
Opponents raised concerns that it would distract drivers and cause accidents, interfere with television reception and ruin views.
But what does the Angel mean to you? Do you love it or hate it and do you have any particular memories of it?
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last updated: 02/05/2008 at 16:34
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