He then creates in 1989 a hybrid built on a plaster cast from his own body in which he replaces the arms by wings extended up to the limits of equilibrium. The plaster is covered with a sheet of lead adjusted by hand. A straight line passes through the body from head to feet for accentuating the impression of symmetry. The upper edge of the wings forms a horizon.
This 197 x 858 x 46 cm creature in the shape of a vertical airplane taking flight is no longer human. The artist names it A case for an Angel in an invitation to transcendental meditation that has no religious intention. Case here means both the didactic argument and the carnal carapace. This monumental sculpture of an unprecedented figuration is estimated £ 5M for sale by Christie's in London on October 6, lot 14.
Two additional examples are made in 1990 with the same title. The culmination of this theme comes in 1998 after four years of preparation when Angel of the North is installed on top of a hill in northeastern England. This sculpture measuring 20 m high and 54 m wingspan and weighing 110 metric tons is anchored on 165 metric tons of concrete.
In 1996 the model of Angel of the North 200 x 533 x 33 cm displaying the central human body in life size was edited in five cast iron copies. Two of them were sold at auction : £ 2,3M including premium by Sotheby's on July 1, 2008, and £ 3,4M including premium by Christie's on October 14, 2011.
The British know how to highlight their artists. Gormley was knighted in 2014.
SOLD for £ 5.3M including premium