1998 – before 9/11, before the financial crisis, before Brexit, before Trump. There is no doubt that Antony Gormley’s iconic sculpture was completed in times far more optimistic than the present day.
Construction of the Angel took four years and cost £800,000. Its exposed location atop a hill meant it had to withstand winds of up to 160 km/hr (100 mph). It was therefore anchored to the underlying bedrock with 600 tonnes of concrete. The sculpture itself was built in three sections at Hartlepool and transported to Gateshead by road: the body weighs 100 tonnes and the wings each weigh 50 tonnes. The assembled sculpture is 20 metres (66 ft) tall, with the wings measuring 54 metres (177 ft) across.