this is the archangel michael, leader of the heavenly host, acquainting himself with a passing giraffe.
greg wyatt‘s massive stone peace fountain sits beside the cathedral of st. john the divine, a progressive episcopal church in manhattan’s morningside heights. while the eclectic sculpture has struck some visitors as unfocused, it is intended to present the reconciliation of the world’s opposing forces in god’s peace. by my reckoning, no fewer than three such ecumenical gestures are proposed by the above detail, in which the fiercest of angels is seen getting cozy with the most placid of beasts.
[ this illustration was requested by ayun halliday, editor of the zinester’s guide to n.y.c. (forthcoming from microcosm) and will hopefully appear therein. while working on the drawing, i found myself paralyzed by a predictable bout of self-doubt, and sought guidance from my beloved readers. that original conversation is preserved below. ]
i’m a week past deadline for an illustration of st. john the divine’s peace fountain for a forthcoming new york city guidebook. i made a few different versions, and don’t trust myself enough to decide among them. but in you, dear readers, my trust is unfaltering.
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