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Santa Fe, New Mexico: Carved Archangels

Seven outdoor archangels, carved from the trunks of dead trees in 2005, were restored in 2013.

250 E. Alameda St., Santa Fe, NM
East side of downtown, on the south side of E. Alameda St., just west of its intersection with Paseo De Peralta.
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Tree Carvings

A group of seven archangels carved by Santa Fe artist Jos Lucero stand in the Santa Fe River Park along Alameda Street. Carved in 2005 from trunks of dead trees, the angels underwent significant restoration in 2013. Rain and rodents had damaged the wood, so the artist employed techniques used to maintain and restore wooden boats. To paint the angels, Lucero used natural pigments like walnut shells.

The angels are inspired by prints of the 18th century, and they represent the communion between the earthly parts of our world, like forests, and the celestial ones, like planets. Wood-carved angels are an important tradition in Santa Fe, and in New Mexico in general.

[Jennifer R, 08/01/2020]

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