Nights (and Days) on the Toon (Newcastle) Sculpture

Angel of the North, a missed photo opportunity
Angel of the North, a missed photo opportunity

There are many pieces of interesting sculpture around Newcastle.  Antony Gormley’s ‘Angel of the North’  (completed 1998) welcomes you, standing tall on the A1 and the A157  road Gateshead.  Unfortunately for us we were on the wrong side coming, and the road was diverted away from the sculpture coming back ggggrrr!  We would have liked to have gone up to it for a closer look, and some good pictures! (like this one).


Each city usually has one or two statues of Queen Victoria (and usually in black), This one by Alfred Gilbert, unveiled in 1993, Newcastle is no exception. image from here

Victoria satue newcastle
Victoria satue newcastle

We came across these three statues called ‘Man with Potential Selves’ by Sean Henry;-

sean henry sculpture1


sean henry sculpture1

There are 3 of these, but the second one isn’t a very good pic.

The one we couldn’t quite manage to snap, is from THIS site

man with potential selves
man with potential selves

On the Quayside are these statues:  One is called ‘Siren’ ( a vague reference to the sea), but I can’t find out what the other is called. (N.B. It’s called River God) 


 The sculpture looks like it pays reference to the slave trade.  But it is unusual because it is just the torso.

quayside sculpture 'River God'
quayside sculpture 'River God'

More Newcastle trip posts;

St Nicholas Gothic Cathedral

Out and about

Bessie Surtees House


11 thoughts on “Nights (and Days) on the Toon (Newcastle) Sculpture

  1. I don’t know If I said it already but …Excellent site, keep up the good work. I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks, 🙂

    A definite great read….

  2. hello I am doing a level 3 game design course and I was wondering if you could give me some infomation on the second Angel Of the North picture. I would like to know where you got it from and if it is copyrighted.

  3. My name is Emily Smith from St.Wilfrids RC Collage.
    I would like your permission to use a picture from your website for my ICT GCSE project.

  4. Hi Emily, I have tried to trace the source of the Angel pics – but the information is secondhand. The source of the Victoria staue has a link to it. The rest of the statue pics are mine and you are welcome to use them. Good luck in your project!

  5. I have some good pics of the Angel of the North (I’m an amateur photographer) so if you need to use them let me know.



  6. Thanks Carl! Unfortunately we missed the turn off to take pictures, then did the same thing on the way back! It’s always a problem knowing who the original photos belong to as different sites pick them up, I do try to credit when I can, so thanks for your kind offer. Also it drew my attention to the formatting which had gone haywire on this post (fixed) – another problem with the older posts. I hope that won’t put you off visiting though lol! it’s very much appreciated

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