Where: The A1 south of Gateshead
Who by: Antony Gormley
What they said then: 'It's awful. I'm more traditional. I'll never like it, but it is something we have to accept.'
Maureen Abramson - Local publican
'It is probably the emptiest, most inflated, most vulgar of his works. It's said to represent an angel, but it more closely represents an old clothes peg.'
Brian Sewell - Art critic
What they say now: 'It's a great symbol of the North-east. it's a sign to show that I'm actually nearing home.'
Alan Shearer - Former Newcastle United footballer