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Phil Douglis | all galleries >> Galleries >> Gallery Eighty-five: On Tour – cruising the Mississippi from Memphis to the Gulf > Rusting Angel, Houmas House Plantation, Darrow, Louisiana, 2012
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Rusting Angel, Houmas House Plantation, Darrow, Louisiana, 2012

In the farthest corner of the Houmas House Gardens, a rusting metal statue of an angel blowing a horn stands forgotten and forlorn. Orange rust and green moss coats the entire surface of the statue -- nature and time will leave an inevitable mark on metal left outdoors for decades. I made this image as an ironic comment – the statue probably represents Gabriel, an angel that supposedly will blow the trumpet heralding the end of time itself. Yet the colors rendered by the inevitable cycles of time itself are evident throughout the image – the rust, moss, and the carpet of dead orange leaves upon the ground are all measures of nature’s continual toll. I first thought that the rusting angel might have been a grave marker, but I saw no inscription of any kind upon it. The angel is probably simply an ornament of wealth, possibly carried to this farthest corner of the property by the Plantation’s slaves more than 150 years ago.

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