What happens to all those broken
pieces of statue, the noses, the arms, the hands, etc.? I was thinking
about Wim Winders' film "Wings of Desire" the other day when
I realised that something a bit shady must have been going on, what
with all those angels congregating like pigeons around the monuments
and statues, eavesdropping on the thoughts of the passersby, wanting
desperately to communicate with them, if only they could find a way...
Suddenly the angels' attraction to statues made sense to me! True, I
don't recall actually witnessing those winged vandals at work, but it
doesn't take a rocket scientist to put two and two together.
Still, there is something
that puzzles me. I can understand the angels "appropriating"
a statue's hands -- hands can be so expressive. Arms, of course, are
simply extensions of the hand, for when an angel wants to communicate
something loudly. But what's an angel going to do with something like
the Sphinx's nose, aside from dropping it on some poor mortal's foot
to get his attention?
- Marc Silva, Fall 1995