Sunday, December 19, 2004

Angel Trivia

Back in November, Ms.Mac wrote about the huge Guardian Angel, which dangles from the ceiling in Zürich's Main Station. Yesterday, Das Magazin, the weekend supplement of the Tages Anzeiger, published some trivia about this angels:

  • Weight: 1.5 tons
  • Artist: Niki de Saint Phalle
  • Place of Birth: California
  • Year of Birth: 1997
  • Route to Dangling Place: California - Panama Canal - Rotterdam - Rhine - Basel - Zürich.
  • Type: Nana
  • Symbolic: The light between the hands symbolises a liquid that flows from one receptacle to another. This stands for the reconciling nature of angels.
As any good housewife, Ms.Mac must have asked herself, how a huge nana angel like this has to be cleaned. This must be done very carefully, because the matt blue surface and the gold leaf of the wings have no varnishing. So far, this happened four times per year after 1 am (it's a busy place, though) by means of pressurized air and feather dusters. Of course, this was never good enough to get rid off all the dust and dirt. Unfortunately, the SBB (the angle's owner) has lost the procedures for the wet cleaning and are quite hopeless. Maybe an angel might help.

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