30. Outside the open window the morning air is all awash with angels. ~Richard Purdy Wilbur

Ever felt an angel’s breath in the gentle breeze?
A teardrop in the falling rain?
Hear a whisper amongst the rustle of leaves?
Or been kissed by a lone snowflake?
Nature is an angel’s favorite hiding place.
~Terri Guillemets


Who among us doesn’t remember times when we felt the hand of benevolent angels at work in our lives or the lives of others?  Millennium after millennium and in various ways mortals have been fascinated by and tried to depict such angelic beings.  More than half a millennium ago one of the most celebrated angels was created by Michelangelo.  Of his famous sculpture, he said, “I saw the angel in the marble and I just chiseled until I set him free.”  Now many centuries later a pair of extraordinary angels have been set free here in in Fort Worth.  In the 1990’s the two of them were designed and installed as harbingers of the performing arts on the façade of the newly constructed Bass Performance Hall.  There the two majestic angels have reigned for nearly 2 decades offering a comforting presence amid the cacophonous noise and busy comings and goings of inner-city life. They have become “cultural icons” in a city whose history has been and still is steeped to some extent in cowboys, horses, cattle, and dusty trails.

The two imposing and dramatic angels created by Martón Varó are approximately 48 feet tall.  Their wings rise some 30 feet in height, and in one of their hands they hold a 13 foot brass trumpet.  The amazing high-relief figures were sculpted out of a 104 blocks of Texas Cordova Creme limestone quarried near Austin.  Each of the angels weighs 15 tons, and the blocks from which they are sculpted are attached to steel plates embedded in the concrete walls of the building. Because the angels are of the same limestone as the building, they look as if they mystifyingly drift out of the walls as they play their trumpets.  In their flowing gowns the limestone angels hover serenely above the street, and in so doing they keep our eyes lifted heavenward enabling us to see what Emerson called “the miraculous in the common.”  When the “air is all awash with angels” and it is in some way every day, it’s because the Lord wants His miracles and His miraculous works to be witnessed so that we will know something of Him and will want then to seek Him.

For He will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.  ~Psalm 91:11-12

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