“Angel,” a life-size sculpture in fiber-reinforced polymer and silica gel of a fallen angel by Chinese artists Sun Yuan & Peng Yu, features an old woman in a white gown and with featherless wings (plucked?), lying face down on the ground; sleeping, or (more likely) dead.
The artist statement on their website reveals the project’s purpose: highlighting the tension and transition between the supernatural and the mundane. The angel, a transcendent being, has become powerless, unable to carry out God’s will, or to help those who believe in its existence. The angel is true but ineffective; dreams and hopes are sincere yet vain.
Yeesh. Way to bring us all down, guys.