Last week marked the Angel of the North's 20th birthday.
Sir Anthony Gormley's 20 metre tall angel has greeted comers and goers from Newcastle and Gateshead for the last 20 years.
According to Gormley, the Angel stands for three things: to mark the transition from an industrial to an information age, to remember the miners who once worked beneath the Angel's site and to work as a focus for people's evolving hopes and fears. 20 years on, the Angel still stands as a symbol for these things.
The Angel was erected in 1998 and took 2 days to build
Gormley, who is famous for his human sculptures (especially for 'Another Place', a series of human sculptures on Crosby Beach near Liverpool) created the Angle in 1998, it took two days to construct and is one of Gormley's larger, more ambitious works.
Like the North East itself, the Angel stands beautiful and strong. Here's to a brilliant 20 years, and here's to 20 more.