Saturday 1455 – 8th Sept 2012.
Hello all. What a day I’ve had today.. I travelled back from Scotland today and decided to take the long way round via the engineering miracle the Falkirk Wheel, mystical Lindisfarne and the magnificent Angel of the North. A VERY long day and I am spoilt for choice when it comes to what to write about on 1500 Saturdays. I may have to cheat and make this work across a couple of Saturdays and certainly there will be lots of photos on Photomania 🙂
So I had to decide which of these 3 awesome sights I would share with you and I have decided on the brilliant sculptor Antony Gormley’s controversial statue Angel of the North which can be seen from both the A1 road, on which I travelled, and on the Edinburgh to London rail line.
I planned my journey home to coincide with the start of sunset at the Angel and was lucky enough to have brilliant light. Each photo is taken with different settings and in ever-changing light..
It is 20 metres (65 feet) high – the height of a five storey building or four double-decker buses
It weighs 200 tonnes – the body 100 tonnes and the wings 50 tonnes each
It is one of the most viewed pieces of art in the world – seen by more than one person every second, 90,000 every day or 33 million every year
There was initially a lot of controversy ( mostly whipped up by the red top newspapers – surprise! surprise!) because of what it cost ,with most of the funding coming from the National Lottery, but it has now become a much-loved landmark.
I thought it was exceptionally beautiful and what sets human beings apart from most other animals ( as far as we know) is our love of Art and Beauty. We need it..
This is much photographed so impossible to get anything really different but here are my offerings 😀
I hope you have enjoyed a look at this truly magnificent piece of art
You can find my photography blog Photomania here I hope you’ll pop over and take a look if you haven’t already and I make no apology for publishing another couple of shots from there on Monday 10th Sept.