Last thing to check off our Northumberland list was the Angel of the North. Having seen it from the road below Son was super keen to get a better look and get up close and personal with the Tyneside giant.
Easy to get to and easy to spot – this is England’s largest (I think) sculpture. Controversial when it arrived it is certainly well-known. We parked up at the surprisingly busy car park, armed ourselves with ice creams and set off to explore. You can walk around the sculpture, see it from all angles and appreciate how massive it is when you stand dwarfed next to it.
Created by Anthony Gormley in 1988 the Angel is made from steel and stands 64 feet tall or as Son preferred 4 double deckers high. Not looking particularly angel like, it has outstretched arms and is the width of a 747 plane. The statue is on the site of a former colliery and has to withstand winds of 100 miles per hour. It won’t be around forever, they expect it to last around 100 years. This was one of Son’s trip highlights – he had been fascinated by the statue before we came and was not in the least disappointed. This was the first time I’d seen it up close as well, I’m glad we made the little detour. We admired the angel from near and far before taking our leave of the “Gateshead Flasher”.