The Angel Of The North In Canberra

johnboy 24 February 2011 4
the angel of the north in canberra

Antony Gormley’s Angel of the North at Gateshead in England is a monumental statement.

Looming over major roads and railways she weighs two hundred tonnes, stands 20 metres tall and 54 metres wide.

She is a statement of industry, modernity, mechanisation, decay, and hope. Her wings smack of a nazi bombers’ and there are just the slightest hints of humanity.

As a comment on the grim North of England she’s absolutely brilliant. And it’s wonderfully appropriate that locals instead call her the “Gateshead Flasher”.

So when I heard the National Gallery had acquired a replica I was, well bemused.

How could such a monumental statement of place work transplanted into the southern, genteel environs of the National Gallery of Australia?

Well the answer for a start is that the version in the Sculpture Garden is life size, not giant size. (A maquette in fact).

And at that more intimate scale it becomes a much more delicate creature, at peace in a more refined landscape.

Here’s a slideshow of a quick photo essay I did yesterday, but I recommend checking it out in person, particularly if you know the real thing well.

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4 Responses to The Angel Of The North In Canberra
rbw rbw 10:31 am 25 Feb 11

It’s on an alignment ley line with Mt Ainslie. Yet another reptoid conspiracy in the parliamentary triangle

Thumper Thumper 1:59 pm 24 Feb 11

It’s ah… a tad smaller than the original.

A bit like Spinal Tap’s stonehenge.

Kerryhemsley Kerryhemsley 1:48 pm 24 Feb 11

They need a stand next to it that sells cups of tea, bacon sarnies and eccles cakes and then curries on a Saturday night after the pubs close

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 1:38 pm 24 Feb 11

Thanks for the heads up on this, I’ll certainly go see.

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