Angel of Dresden, February 13/14 1945

1996

White resin, wood, life-size

This work refers to the bombing of Dresden in the late stages of the Second World War. I was affected by both the loss of human life and of a European cultural heritage of fine urban planning destroyed in the onslaught of fire and bombs - indicative of such events as inflicted by both the Allied and Axis Powers against each other during the War: I meant to capture the heroic overtones of this episode in my piece. I wished to read into this work, the figure sculpture as an intercessory angel between those still alive amongst the destruction, and the terror raining down from the aircraft overhead. The ascending angle of the apparatus from rear to forward of the figure, and oblong attachments to the assembly either side of the figure sculpture, suggests a primitive flying apparatus not capable of actual, but of symbolic flight. The huge circular drums, I imagine as voices of the vanquished. The piece can be further read as a carriage of memories of the deceased to the afterlife.