Angel of Despised Love — for the victims of Orlando / Ange de L’amour Méprisé — pour les victimes d’Orlando / Ángel del amor despreciado — para las víctimas de Orlando on exhibit in the Collégiale Saint André de Chartres in Chartres, France
4/5 Life size head; cast bronze, with silver nitrate patina, on granite base.
Comments from Joel Michael of York, PA, with rapidly progressing terminal cancer (now deceased), written in letters after having purchased it (at cost, with a contribution to onePULSE Foundation):
“I see now that in person he is far more beautiful than any picture could portray him, though this fact makes me regret that his new home is not the palace in which he clearly should live as befits his innocent grandeur. All I can do is pledge to love and cherish him as his creator surely has. If ardent esteem can serve as nutriment for one like him, he will thrive with me.”
“I couldn’t possibly be more pleased, appreciative and grateful.”
“You’ve sculpted a ravishingly attractive young man with wondrous skill. Truly.”
“Beauty, especially the sort that peoples dreams and gives hope to the everyday, is precisely what give purpose to being alive.”
“I’ve decided against applying any sort of identification plate as I realize that that would detract from the stark dignity of the piece.”
“Having [it] here has buoyed my spirits appreciably…. My heart is lighter and the days brighter.”
“Thank heaven for the elation of the beautiful and inspiring.”
“You are of course right to understand that I value your art highly: it whispers to me that my affections are laudable and real. And I need never apologize for the intensity of feelings that have guided my life for 60 years. Having your art in my house endorses who I am and comforts me.”
“In my journal, I wrote the following about [it]: The impression is that this is a definite someone who subsumes generic youth. Beneath the thick swirl of finger-combed hair you see in the face determination in his steady gaze and defiance in his parted lips, expressing altogether — in Joseph Conrad’s words — ‘An individual in the forefront of his kind.’
This is an image for Douglas White.