An­gel con­structed on lawn of lo­cal artist

Piece in­cludes PVC pipe for the frame and sheets of linen for a gown

The Hamburg Area Item - - Local News - By Martha Gehringer

They say there are un­seen an­gels among us, but not any­more. There’s an an­gel in Barto stand­ing on the lawn of artist Julie Lon­gacre.

The 11- foot tall an­gel was de­signed by Leonard Miller of Bally. He con­structed the an­gel with PVC pipe for her frame and sheets of white linen for a gown. To­gether the two artists cre­ated the sculp­ture, lin­ing her wings in light and plac­ing a halo above her head. Miller placed a can­dle in her hands to light the way for trav­el­ers, Lon­gacre says.

“I’ve al­ways wanted an an­gel to watch over the many peo­ple who drive by my stu­dio on Rt. 100. We are all so busy these days, mov­ing from here to there I wanted to do some­thing to make peo­ple re­mem­ber there is some­one watch­ing over us,” says Lon­gacre.

She had the idea, but Miller, a mas­ter in his own right had the skill and ex­pe­ri­ence to cre­ate the an­gel, she ex­plains.

“He took my idea and de­vel­oped it into an ex­tra­or­di­nary sculp­ture for the world to see. I named the an­gel, Jo­phiel, pa­tron saint of artists. The name means Beauty of God. Stand­ing against the sunset she was beau­ti­ful . I watched the cars slow down as they gazed at her. In this busy sea­son, ev­ery­one needs to know that there is an an­gel watch­ing over her,” Lon­gacre says.

MARTHA GEHRINGER — FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

The 11- foot tall an­gel was de­signed by Leonard Miller of Bally. He con­structed the an­gel with PVC pipe for her frame and sheets of white linen for a gown.

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