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The history of the Angel of the North

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The Angel of The North

Coal mined in the area. Team Colliery worked from 1720s. Modern baths complex built in 1939. Mining ceased on this site late 1960s. 

Reclamation of former pit head baths site overlooking the A1.

July 1990 
Gateshead Council's Art in Public Places Panel decides in principle to earmark the site of the former pit head baths overlooking the A1 in Gateshead for a future landmark sculpture.

Landscaping of site completed.

December 1993
A shortlist of international artists was drawn up and candidates invited to make proposals for the site.

January 1994
Sculptor Antony Gormley selected by the panel and design proposals progressed with world renowned engineering consultants, Ove Arup & Partners.

February 1995
Planning permission for the project approved by Council.

April 1996
Funding of £800,000 secured for the sculpture: £584,000 from the Arts Council is Lottery Fund, £150,000 from the European Regional Development Fund, £45,000 from Northern Arts, plus private sponsorship.

February 1997
Fabrication contract put out to tender. 

March 1997
Fabrication contractors visit Gormley's studio to see the Angel models.

May 1997
Fabrication company chosen - Hartlepool Fabrications Ltd on Teesside.

July 1997
Delivery of first consignment of steel for fabrication to Hartlepool.

September 1997
Work began on Angel of the North foundations by Thomas Armstrong (Construction) Ltd. 

January 1998
Fabrication of sculpture nears completion.

February 1998
Angel of the North on site.

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