Some Zouch submissions leave my mind a bit entranced. Such as when a cover letter arrives with the image of a young woman with teal green hair (probably a wig, but doesn’t she just seem like the daring type who might commit to such a ravishing colour on her actual hair?) with a novelty Burger King crown atop, heart shaped sunglasses on, and her palm faced flat out to the screen showing an image drawn onto her skin. These are the types of submissions I dig deeper into…
The image on her hand is the illustrative rendition of Antony Gormley’s 1998 piece Angel Of The North; an instillation constructed after the closure of the Lower Tyne Colliery mine. The angel stands on the hillsides of Gateshead overlooking the motorways of the countryside. [side fact: the original weighs 200 tonnes, has 500 tonnes of concrete foundations, and stands 20 meters high]
This year was the 15th Anniversary of the Angel, and what more fascinating way to celebrate an iconic member of Gateshead than by coaxing the locals to take part in a bit of stop animation video? 350 palms were volunteered for the project, photographed, and spliced together to make this short video of the angel in flight. What’s particularly beautiful is that every volunteer received their image as a photograph for memory sake.
Without further ado, I give you The Angel of Gateshead in flight: