How big is the Angel of the North?

 

The Angel of the North is an incredible 20 metres (65 feet) high and its wingspan is 54 metres (175 feet). This makes it taller than the tallest-ever dinosaur and its wingspan nearly as wide as a Boeing 747.

It is made from 200 tonnes of Cor-ten steel with a trace of copper to help it weather. The body weighs the same amount as both wings combined.

The 500 tonnes of concrete that went into its foundations help it withstand south-easterly winds of up to 160 kilometres (100 miles) per hour.

It cost just £800,000 to make. In comparison, Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro cost around £2 million in today’s currency.

It is viewed by more than one person every second from its spot just off the A1 motorway having been completed in 1998.


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