I've spent a few days up in Newcastle, one of the UK's loveliest cities. Unfortunately, I didn't get any free time to get into the city. (work, work, work... that's me ;-) !)
I did, however, get my second opportunity to stop off at the Angel of the North.
This is an awesome sculpture; as you drive towards Newcastle from the south on the A1, it appears as you brow the hill. As you are leaving Newcastle, it watches over you until you get towards Durham.
I'm not normally much of a one for sculpture, artsy stuff, and all that, but the Angel is just beautiful. Its bold strength, as it stands atop the hill, just resounds with the character of the North East of England. It's not necessarily all that subtle, it wears its weathering with pride: it was designed to cope with 100mph winds, and to deliberately rust in such a way that it takes on a richer, redder hue over time. But - or rather, because of that, it has a warmth and strength unrivalled by any other.
I visited it shortly after it had been installed, in what I realise must have been 1998, and now I have visited it again, 10 years later, to find out that it celebrated its 10th anniversary (birthday?) last month.
Long live the Angel!
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