Antony Gormley- Angel of the North The Angel of the North is a contemporary sculpture, designed by Antony Gormley, which is located in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England. It is a steel sculpture of an angel, 20 metres tall, with wings measuring 54 metres across.
Antony Gormley (born 1950) is an English installation artist and professor at the European Graduate School EGS. Best known for his Gateshead public sculpture Angel of the North, Gormley studied art history, anthropology, and archaeology before he spent three years traveling in Sri Lanka and India on a personal search for knowledge of Buddhism and Asian culture. Inspired by the human form from an abstract perspective and a Turner Prize winner, his work has achieved international exposure.
Gormley was heavily influenced by his two years spent studying Buddhist meditation in India: "Using the body as an arena is at the heart of my work: looking at the body not as an image, not as an icon to be used for its symbolic or narrative purposes, but the body as an open place of inquiry and exploration that is constantly changing, that has no defined characteristics and we just have to watch, to attend to".