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This idea won't mean anything unless
you know the Angel Of
the North is. In case you can't be
bothered looking it up,
very large piece of public art sculpture,
created by the
respected artist Anthony Gormley, that
sits poised on a hill
near Gateshead in the North of England.
It takes the form of
large standing figure with long
outstretched wings, which
parallel to the ground, and it's all made
out of heavy steel. It
weighs 200 tons. In fact it's the largest
piece of public
sculpture in the UK, but it doesn't do
much except stand
around and have people looking at it
"saying wow it's so big".
With a little bit of work they could be
saying " wow it's so
and look - it's moving!"
What I would like to do with the Angel of
the North is to
convert it to the Angle of the North. This
motorising the two outstretched wings so
that they could
very slowly reposition themselves to a
different angle of
inclination on a continuous basis. The
North of England has
strong engineering tradition, so the work
simple. Sponsoring an "Angle of the Day"
would cover the
of the modification, with "Today's Angle"
becoming part of
In future, when folk on current affairs
"Let's hear the northern angle on that
one" - the sound of
groaning gears will be played
accompanied by a picture of
the slowly moving wings.
(?) Angel of the North
The sculpture [xenxag] is describing. [jurist, Nov 12 2005, last modified Sep 10 2006]
Dieter Appelt's photo "Tableau Oppedette"
Best image of it I can find so far [xenzag, Sep 09 2006, last modified Mar 13 2007]
Angel Of The North
Info on Anthony Gormley's Angel [xenzag, Sep 09 2006]
An enormous mound of useless scrap
[Ian Tindale, Sep 09 2006]
||Better still, melt the bloody monstrosity down.
||does look pretty ridiculous doesn't it. like someone trying some kind of flying attempt.
||Not a fan [angel]. I'd have thought it might have had something to do with your name. You are from the general area aren't you?
||Basically a pun. Not a particularly good one to be fair. How about if the wings were made flexible so it could dance to such timeless classics as the macarena and YMCA? I'm not sure whether or not this would actually make it any more pointless.
||Definitely not a fan. Do you realise that it's larger than a 747?
||<Looks at photos in link> Geez, there must be some wind pressure on those wings.
||You would have got a bun from me if it could semaphore rude messages from northerners in the general direction of the south. As it is, it's just a sculpture with motors.
||I propose that this same thing be done, except without having the angel move. Hidden motors would growl and rumble below the ground, out of sight. They would not actually move the angel. Perhaps they could do some related, useful task, such as extruding licorice-like candy.
||There are plenty of generals in my area
but it's not near
Newcastle. For you Wagster it will do
anything, and for
you Bungston the licorice machine shall
be bolted on. I
actually quite like The Angel, although I
about its originality - see Dieter
Appelt's 1980 photo
"Tableau Oppedette" - or am I the only
||Sponsored by T-Mobile. (Hey, what are
those antennae I've never noticed on there
||Thanks, [xenzag]. God I'm cheap.
||Do solar panels work in England?
||Yes. They work in Scotland too. Quite good at keeping the rain off your head...
||sorry to churn this up again, just editing
and added two links. The similarity to
Appelt's piece still intrigues me, but this
sort of thing happens constantly with
ideas and images. They go in, and they
come back out again latter.
||That would make it an angel-grinder, Lieutenant?
||//"artist's" "work"// - why did you put
these words in inverted commas [Lt_
Frank] ? Angel-grinder is good [pertinax]
||I wish I could use [phlish]'s "boring" vote on this. (sorry [xen])
||Lt_Frank - I hope I never have to live in
a society where art works and artists
have their values and merits measured
against some chart showing hip
||When I look at art works, visit the
theatre, go to some other type of public
performance or listen to music, I just
don't think as my means of appraisal: "I
wonder how much that cost?" There are
other values apart from monetary ones.
||You also may not noticed that I too was
questioning the value of the work, in a
different way, by poking a little fun at
||I'm surprised, at
some of the attitudes here, that have
been revealed over the Angel, but I
won't continue with this thread as these
are tired old arguments, and this is not
why I am here. Bring on the reading