FACE OF AN ANGEL - Fountain Statue









INSPIRATION - This superb statuette was the inspiration for a water fountain feature at the Cleaner Ocean Foundation's HQ. The mythical water angel's form hits the spot, but the attitude of the head and face detail needs adapting to the static role she will play.



This 'Southern Angel' represents a vision of purity, grace and aspiration from our ocean guardian. The concept and creation of this unique artwork has taken some time to come to fruition, where the main drive of all concerned with the SeaVax cleaning machines is raising awareness of the dire consequences of plastic entering our food chain.


The statue version of this modern sculpture is to be located in the South of England, facing South such as to look over the English Channel. The figurehead version is to be made in carbon fibre and mounted at the stem of the SeaVax during launch and trials of the plastic munching vessel.




LITTLE & LARGE - The original art piece is compared to the statue during the making. The large aluminium wings will need reinforcing with shaped timbers and then a second skin on the inside of the curve, where the wing will attach to the underside of the shoulder blade. Copyright © photographs 9 April 2018 Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd. All rights reserved.




ANGEL WINGS - The aluminium wing templates are seen here unsupported and vulnerable to damage in the studio unless reinforcing spars are inserted. You can see the first spar on the table. Copyright © photographs 10 April 2018 Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd. All rights reserved.




CURVACEOUS - Metal that is curved is far stronger that flat sheets that would need reinforcing. Working metal also hardens it. So start with a suitably soft (annealed) grade. If you work-harden metal too much it will crack and you'll have to start all over again, or anneal and repair. Our artist got nowhere near causing fatigue during this creative exercise. Copyright © photographs 12 April 2018 Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd. All rights reserved.




TAILFINS - The feet and tail need a bit more shaping before the back can be laminated with epoxy resin and glass cloth. After that the body needs final shaping before that too is preserved with a layer of resin and glass. Copyright © photographs 23 April 2018 Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd. All rights reserved.




WINGS - The upper (outer) wing surface is next for a coat of epoxy and woven glass cloth. The rivets and wood screws are ground down and the aluminium must be keyed for a good bond. The artist is at this stage working on the head drawings and considering the best angle where the statue is mounted at a different angle to a figurehead. Copyright © photographs 23 April 2018 Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd. All rights reserved.




PLASTIC WATERFALL - This is the pillar above which the Southern Angel is to be mounted. it was especially constructed to carry the angel statue. The pillar is hollow to carry a water reservoir and pump to feed the fountain water feature. The fountain is unique in that it is fed by an old well on site dating from 1900 that also provides drinking water to others in the area. No mains water is provided by Southern Water.


This picture was taken last year after a hot summer turned to rain. Copyright © 18 July 2017 Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd., all rights reserved. You will need the permission of COF to reproduce these pictures except for educational use or research.





An angel is generally a supernatural being found in various religions and mythologies. In Abrahamic religions and Zoroastrianism, angels are often depicted as benevolent celestial beings who act as intermediaries between God or Heaven and Humanity. Other roles of angels include protecting and guiding human beings, and carrying out God's tasks. Within Abrahamic religions, angels are often organized into hierarchies, although such rankings may vary between sects in each religion, and are given specific names or titles, such as Gabriel or "Destroying angel". The term "angel" has also been expanded to various notions of spirits or figures found in other religious traditions. The theological study of angels is known as "angelology".

In fine art, angels are usually depicted as having the shape of human beings of extraordinary beauty; they are often identified using the symbols of bird wings, halos and light.






Adherents of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) view angels as the messengers of God. They are sent to mankind to deliver messages, minister to humanity, teach doctrines of salvation, call mankind to repentance, give priesthood keys, save individuals in perilous times, and guide humankind.

Latter Day Saints believe that angels either are the spirits of humans who are deceased or who have yet to be born, or are humans who have been resurrected or translated and have physical bodies of flesh and bones, and accordingly Joseph Smith taught that "there are no angels who minister to this earth but those that do belong or have belonged to it." As such, Latter Day Saints also believe that Adam, the first man, was and is now the archangel Michael, and that Gabriel lived on the earth as Noah. Likewise the Angel Moroni first lived in a pre-Columbian American civilization as the 5th-century prophet-warrior named Moroni.



Map showing the location of Aqua de Vida


PIRATES MAP - This is the map in Pirates of the Caribbean 4 that shows Jack Sparrow the whereabouts of the Fountain of Youth known by the name Aqua de Vida. "Feast your eyes upon this, mateys. There's more than one way to live forever. Gents, I give you the Fountain of Youth." 

- Captain Hector Barbossa to his crew

"Some say the Fountain be not more than legend false a mermaid's kiss. Others whisper of a curse that leave ya as dead as old Ponce here. What be the truth of it? I'll show ya." 





The Fountain of Youth, sometimes known as just the Fountain or the Aqua de Vida, was a legendary spring that reputedly restored the youth or granted immortality to anyone who drank from its waters. Rumored to be discovered by the Juan Ponce de León, the Fountain was located within on a mysterious island in the Caribbean.


The legend was most often associated with 16th-century Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de León, who purportedly tried to find it in 1513, during his voyage to the New World. Ponce de León would have searched for the Fountain of Youth in an expedition to Florida and a mysterious island. While it was said that Ponce de León died while searching for the Fountain, rumors and legends persisted that the Spanish explorer had discovered it. Sometime after 1523, the route taken by Ponce de León in the Santiago's journey to the Fountain was depicted on the navigational charts that led to otherworldly realms: the Mao Kun Map.

The Mao Kun Map served as one of the few guides to the Fountain of Youth, with the map having one of the items needed for the Profane Ritual, the Chalices of Cartagena, and showing the only place where to find a mermaid, Whitecap Bay. The only other known guide was the ship's log of the Santiago, which had pages that chronicled every detail of Ponce de León's voyage. Ever since rumors floated of Ponce de León's search, many men had sought the Fountain for the next two centuries.





SCULPTURE - In 1921, Loy Myrna posed for Venice High School sculpture teacher Harry Fielding Winebrenner for the central figure “Inspiration” in his allegorical sculpture group Fountain of Education. Completed in 1922, the sculpture group was situated in front of the campus outdoor pool in May 1923, where it would stand for decades. Loy’s slender figure with her uplifted face and one arm extending skyward presented a “vision of purity, grace, youthful vigor, and aspiration” that was singled out in a Los Angeles Times story that included a photo of the “Inspiration” figure along with the model’s name—the first time her name appeared in a newspaper.


In 1750, several years after the War Against Piracy, a dangerous quest for the Fountain of Youth was endeavoured. Upon the discovery of the logbook of the Santiago, held by an ancient sailor, King Ferdinand of Spain sent the Spaniard to find the Fountain. After learning of this discovery, King George II sent Hector Barbossa, now a privateer of the court, to find the Fountain before the Spanish. Rumored of having been to the Fountain itself, Jack Sparrow was forced aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge to help Blackbeard find the Fountain.

Throughout the quest, each party journeyed to find for the Fountain whilst collecting the items required for the Profane Ritual: the Chalices of Cartagena and a mermaid's tear. After the battle at Whitecap Bay, Blackbeard's crew was able to capture a mermaid named Syrena, who they later took a tear from at the Jungle Pools. Jack Sparrow was able to retrieve the Chalices after escaping from the Spanish with Barbossa's crew. The next day, Jack met up with Blackbeard and presented him with the Chalices before joining the crew towards the end of their quest.














AIR, LAND & WATER - This sculpture portrays a mythical animal that is part human, part bird and part fish - a flying mermaid if you will, and certainly an interesting piece of art.





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