Inside Australia

Just after dawn

The sculptures glow

in the early sun.

We walk

tracing lines

from figure to figure

in the waterless lake.


Lake Ballard, a salt lake in Western Australia’s Goldfields, is home to 51 metal figures sculpted by Antony Gormley. He’s perhaps most famous for The Angel of the North, a steel sculpture 20 metres high with a 54 metre wingspan, located in Gateshead in the North East of England.

The Angel of the North

The Angel of the North

I jumped at the chance of visiting this bold and beautiful sculpture last month – it had been on my to do list for many years.

The Angel of the North is a 20 metre tall steel sculpture by Antony Gormley, that stands south of Gateshead in the north of England.


Beneath where it was constructed lie abandoned coal mines, once the life and blood of this area. The miners worked under the ground in the dark, the angel stands up in the light on a hilltop in celebration or remembrance. The wings are angled forward to give a sense of embrace. The angel is also firmly rooted in the ground – the antithesis of what we normally expect of an angel.

The angel is also supposed to symbolise the transition from an industrial to information age and serve as a focus for our evolving hopes and fears.