Last Saturday father knew exactly what I’d like to see in his city of birth. He was even willing to call in and grant us access. No need, the angels are free to visit. They are even in Google Maps under Trije Angeli.
All father knew was that they were at Vodovod, Maribor, the water supply building of Slovenian number two city. A glance at an online photo – I never like to study closely a photo of what I’m about to see for myself – gave me a feeling of a subversive underground territory but this is nothing like it, as you can see.
The Three Angels were built by sculptor Lučka Koščak and are about three meters high. When they were put there in 2004, the plan was to populate this meadow with other art pieces, but my perception is that it’s quite right that they were left alone.
After we parked at a not really legal spot, father was already searching for a number to call when I spotted the lady in the first photo and yelled to him: “No need to call! It’s open access!”
He preferred to wait for me with bestia on a bench in the shade, while I went to the angels and circled them to see what they are facing day and night. It’s a church, the Church of St. Barbara upon the Kalvarija (Calvary) hill. I know there are many steps leading up there, but we gladly left them for when we can again.
And behind them is the green Pohorje plateau with the ski track clearly visible where every winter since 1964 – with a few snowless years without the race – female World Cup skiers compete for the Golden Fox trophy (Zlata lisica). I know that in the past the winners received actual fur but I really hope this is history.
And I’m grateful to father because without him I would not know these angels existed, even after 17 years. Before he told me about them I hadn’t seen a single photo or even heard a rumour. And yet they are so perfect that they don’t even need captions.
For Photographing Public Art Challenge (PPAC) hosted by Marsha at Always Write
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