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The Angel of the North[edit]

An attempt is being made to delete The Angel of the North from this article on the grounds that it is not "a world known icon". However that is not the criterion for this article, which is not a "List of World Known Icons" but a general introduction to "Cultural icon". There is no doubt that the Angel of the North is a famous cultural icon:

  • The Gateshead council ref is actually titled " Angel of the North an English icon"

and explicitly writes "Gateshead's famous Angel of the North is now one of 12 official ‘Icons of England’."

  • The Future matters site explicitly writes "The development of cultural icons such as Sage, Baltic and The Angel of the North have shown that iconic projects can go a long way to improving external perceptions of an area".
  • The Guardian article says it is "Britain's most famous piece of modern public art".
  • The additional Creative Clusters website says "the borough’s two most famous cultural icons, the Angel of the North and the Gateshead Millennium Bridge".

The Angel of the North is thus explicitly stated to be a famous cultural icon. It is a striking monument and is now certainly one of the best know icons of the Northeast of England. There is no objection to the addition of some more examples to illustrate the article, but there is no sense in removing correctly-placed and well-sourced material from the article. Chiswick Chap (talk) 11:04, 12 July 2013 (UTC)

  • It should *not* be here. Look again at the purpose of the article. It's about well-known cultural icons, which have established a commonly understood significance beyond their initial intent, including only a few, limited examples. A recently erected statue (and yes, 1998 is recent), created specifically to be representative of some region, is definitely outside the bounds of this piece; and trying to include it opens the floodgates to anything and everything someone wants to claim as an "icon." The quotes you pull above demonstrate the unfortunate problem with the mis/over-use of "cultural icon" -- which is precisely what the last section of the article points out. --HidariMigi (talk) 07:21, 13 July 2013 (UTC)
Thanks for the point of view. The example is clearly proven to have been repeatedly named as a famous cultural icon. You have no justification for the WP:OR claim that "recently erected" is a disqualification - that's just your opinion; similarly "created ... to be representative of some region" - again, that's merely an opinion, not fact.
However I agree we only need a few examples here to prove the point. Chiswick Chap (talk) 07:52, 13 July 2013 (UTC)

Too UK-centric[edit]

While reading through this page, I found it to be a little too specific to the UK. Could we add other cultural references to it, especially if it's something non-Western. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mllemonique (talkcontribs) 17:09, 12 February 2014 (UTC)

Lists by Country[edit]

Again there has been an attempt to turn this article into an unsourced image gallery of original research. I outlined the problems with this previously here. This article is about the concept of cultural icons. It is not the place to create a list of what some editors think are cultural icons, without any references. Particularly when they're factually suspect. --Escape Orbit (Talk) 23:03, 30 April 2014 (UTC)

Why only USA cultural icon[edit]

Why only a photo of stuff related US. Wikipedia is active all around the world. I think there should be no photo. If there is no reply here by 1st July, I will strongly consider removing it. WARNER one--9999 (talk) 14:46, 29 June 2014 (UTC)