We've driven passed Antony Gormley's now familiar sculpture 'The Angel of the North' several times in recent years when travelling to and from Northumberland but never taken a closer look. Our friend who was driving us to Alnmouth suggested we did just that and we readily agreed. Nothing prepares you for the scale of the sculpture until you get close to it. Reading the information at the site about the sculptor's choice of image and location, the construction, transporting and installing of it was thought-provoking. I thought of the coal mining industry of Co. Durham and Tyneside and of those members of my own family on my mother's side who in past generations had worked in coal mines in towns north of Newcastle-on-Tyne.
Standing on the mound by the sculpture is my husband.
I'm standing near the base of the sculpture.