> Angel


A few photos of the Gateshead Angel (visible from the A1 highway in Gateshead, just south of Newcastle and the River Tyne.) It's quite an arresting sight for those who haven't seen it before.

The Angel was commissioned as a piece of public art, paid for out of the ill-gotten gains from the National Lottery (aka the Stupid Tax...) It's made from a particular kind of steel which is deliberately designed to rust to an elegant, well, rust color, which it has done to very good effect.

These were taken on a freezing cold morning in November with a fabulous clear blue sky and the moon visible low and to the north (it can be seen in some of the photos). The artwork is set in a very small park, and the paths around it were icy and dangerous where the sun had failed to reach.