A German conceptual artist plans to install seven helium angels hovering over Downtown L.A.
According to the creation myth of L.A.’s indigenous Tongva Tribe, the gods sang and danced the world into existence, and eventually placed the world onto the shoulders of seven giants, in order to protect it.
German visual artist Hans Peter Trauschke has concocted his own massive tribute to the Tongva’s seven giants, a multi-million dollar project-in-the-making called Seven from Heaven that’s equal parts spirituality and marketing. Specifically, the art installation would consist of seven helium-inflated, 120-foot tall sculptures of angels tethered to and floating over the tallest skyscrapers of Downtown L.A., possibly as early as 2015, or whenever the artist can raise the $2.5 million required to make it a reality.
Seven from Heaven is, obviously, a highly ambitious endeavor — expensive, massive and dramatic in impact. The colossal artwork has lofty ambitions.
On the project’s website, the intention behind the art installation is described thusly:
“These 120 foot tall Seven from Heaven appear like a miracle. They do something with our minds. It’s the cultural equivalent of falling in love.”
The spectacle of these giant angels levitating from our highest buildings has tourism as a distinct selling point. The installation is expressly intended “to focus the eyes of the world onto the brilliant skyline of Downtown L.A.”
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