Antony Gormley’s Angel of the North
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Antony Gormley’s massive sculpture, Angel of the North, is the largest sculpture in England. Towering over the towns of Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, the Angel weighs 200 metric tons (440,924 pounds) and has a wingspan of 54 meters (177 feet). It was built above the Lower Tyne Colliery where thousands of coal miners worked over the past three centuries. Upon erecting the sculpture in 1998, Gormley hoped his piece would convey hope during difficult times as the hard labor of the industrial age gave way to the advances of the age of information. Nowadays, thousands of tourists and Instagrammers find Angel of the North to be a source of creative inspiration as they gather to shoot the piece from unique angles and capture the work’s monumental scale.
We are a family built upon
the impersonal, physically
close, but emotionally. distant.
Contact, a rarity.
even as kids, no
in one another, nor
“I love you’s” are rare tokens,
occasionally professed under the
that comes with Easter. and
There’s no room for
empathy within this pre-set family dynamic.
Some simple goals: obey, listen,
grades above ninety, NO
drugs, choose the most responsible
friends and never have a
Our family has no room for
honesty, no room for
and if no
room for honesty..
How could there be room
A daughter who strains beneath the weight of
grief, struggling to keep her head above the
surface, a daughter who relies on
self-medication in cigarettes, sharp
razors, alcohol, and
to forget, to avoid
the faces and memories, the
funerals that swim
behind her eyelids?
My father’s eyes hold unfamiliar
emotion: is it
A fear, built upon the fact that
his daughter has become a
who skips classes, smokes
drinks alcohol and hangs out with
A daughter who is nothing
like the one he
Expected (or wanted?)
I wonder whether someday, he will
ask me why I’ve done
the things I
Or whether he will continue to
punish me with
groundings, accepting my
answer, or some kind of
Be kind to yourself while blooming. I know sometimes it feels like your soul doesn’t always fit. It’s all a part of the process.