Here’s a weird one for you… why is this statue of an angel in a cardigan and jeans on a cell phone perched on a 13th century cathedral in the Netherlands?
Well, according the New York Times, Little Angel (that’s her name) is the result of a 1997 competition to replace the cathedral’s old, weatherworn statues with a series of 40 new ones. Dutch sculptor Ton Mooy won the competition. Along with 39 more traditional churchy figures, Mooy conceived of this sassy little angel talking on her cell phone.
“You can make a phony Gothic statue,” Mr. Mooy, 63, said in his studio in Amersfoort, about an hour north of here. “That’s not what I wanted. It had to fit in with what was always on the church, namely, refinement, emotion. Angels are there to guide, to protect people, they get messages from above. How do you show that? With a cellphone.”
“I tell kids, ‘There’s one button on that cellphone,’ ” Mooy said with a chuckle — a direct line to heaven. “So she doesn’t get naughty, calling other angels.”
But what’s up with the sassy pose? She looks like God has had her on hold for 45 minutes or she’s sassing him about being late for their date.