Shirazeh Houshiary The Earth is an Angel 1987

Artwork details

Artist
Title
The Earth is an Angel
Date 1987
Medium Brass, zinc and plywood
Dimensions Object: 1900 x 2000 x 2000 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1987
Reference
T05022
Not on display

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Houshiary was born in Iran but works in Britain. This is one of a series of sculptures of various sizes in which the wings of an angel symbolize force and energy. The image of a four-winged angel is derived from those found in Byzantine churches in Istanbul where two wings are directed towards earth and two point upwards to the sky. Power, according to the artist, lies at the meeting point.

August 2004