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Beijing artists Sun Yuan and Pengu Yu, known as two of China’s controversial artists, are renowned for working with extreme materials like human fat tissue, live animals and even baby cadavers to deal with issues of perception, death, and the human condition. The duo have now come up with their latest and greatest creation, a somewhat terrifying and incredibly realistic sculpture of a fallen angel. Though it doesn’t include any macabre parts, it’s so realistic it’s nearly as freaky.
Titled “Angel,” the fallen angel is in the form of an old woman, with her wings devoid of feathers, that seems to be sleeping or quite possibly, dead. Either way, it is certainly immobile and frozen into an all too realistic image. The sculpture was made from silica gel, fibreglass, stainless steel and woven mesh.
On their website, the artists state the purpose of the project: highlighting the tension and transition between the supernatural and the mundane. The angel, a transcendent being, has become powerless, unable to carry out God’s will, or to help those who believe in its existence.
According to biblical sources, Cherubim and Seraphim are the only types of angels that have wings. Hebrews 1:14 describes angels simply as spiritual beings; therefore, it is believed to be correct that only some angels are winged.