There’s an angel watching over them while they work away in a garage behind Studio 2880. Dan Veller and Angelo Desantis were busy Monday building a new light feature, “Angels Among Us”, set to be unveiled during Winterfest.
David Persad, Studio 2880’s community arts coordinator, says the light sculpture will be mounted on the roof of the arts complex building.
“This is what we have chosen to do with a grant we received. We are asking the community to nominate adults, teens, children and businesses so they can be recognized for their acts of kindness.”
The awards will be given out in a special ceremony Friday, Dec. 19 at 6 p.m. taking place under the Angels Among Us structure.
WinterFest 2008 runs Dec. 18 to 23.
When completed the angel will be 24 feet high and contain hundreds of lights. Designer John Bell said when he agreed to put his artistic talents to work, his first concern was that the structure could withstand the weight and the elements.
“Originally we looked at making it from a solid material like wood outlined with lights but I was concerned about the wind load (weight) and if we got a storm it might knock over. So we decided on just a frame with lights,” said Bell. “I drew a sketch of an angel holding a lamp lighting the way angels are always the way-showers for people, so it seemed the right thing to do.”
The outdoor sculpture is being made in three sections with a multitude of bright lights clipped onto a wire mesh base.
“We wanted something that could come together as a unit but was able to be pulled apart and stored easily. The angel and lamp will be made of lexon so that they stand out,” Bell explained.
“The lights we’ve already had donations of lots of lights will be strung every three inches surrounding the image. Then we’ll have a look and see if it has the overall effect we want or if not, we might decide to double the number of lights.”
Bell, who is known both as a sketcher and for his weekly radio show, says he is happy to be part of the project.
“David had my card from Studio Fair (annual event attended by dozens of local and regional artisans) and he called me up.”
Community Arts Council and Volunteer Prince George are working in partnership to celebrate acts of kindness in our community. There are four categories: Little Angel (12 and under), Teen Angel (13 to 19), Big Angel (adult), and Business/Organization.
Nominees names will be displayed on the Angel Wall at WinterFest 2008 from Dec. 18 to 23 at Studio 2880. Names will also be entered to win an Angel Award in each category. Nomination forms are available from firstname.lastname@example.org and may be dropped off at Studio 2880, 2880 15th Ave.
All nominations must be received by Dec. 12.