size: 5 l. x 6 w. x 10 h.
This diminutive bronze sculpture, one of the smallest of Delesprie pieces has an essence of childlike innocence that is truly captivating. The imagination runs wild with possible scenarios explaining how this young, maternal-minded angel came upon these two children who now sit beside her on a wooden log, protected beneath the shelter of her wings. Had the children been playing hide and seek in a dense forest when darkness fell, and they were unable to locate each other, much less their homes? How did the angel appear to them? Were they frightened at first, or did they instinctively know their rescuer? Perhaps the children had come upon a wild beast intent on devouring the pair when the guardian angel appeared, frightening off the enemy. Or was this young angel simply lonely one day and decided to strike up an acquaintance with the children pictured. The beauty of this work is that there is no “right” answer, and Delesprie delights in hearing the stories as varied as the individuals who create them.
The children on either side of the angel can be either friends or siblings. It is interesting to note that the boy is fully clothed down to his shoes, but the girl is barefoot. Could she be the more adventuresome of the two? She perches on the log, half-sitting, half-kneeling with her chin resting on one hand as if intent on what the angel is saying or else in deep reverie. Both children are leaning into the angel, a true illustration of naive, childish trust.
The biggest mystery is the topic of conversation between the threesome. Is the angel revealing Heavenly details that peak the curiosity of her listeners, or simply telling an engaging story? Again, the answer is only limited by the scope of imagination within those who view this piece.
–Story by Allison Garner