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Christmas Angels

Valerie Clarebout

American. 1908 - 1982

Channel Gardens

In winter the Channel Gardens fountains are turned off and the Center is decorated for the Christmas holidays. The decorations varied for many years until 1954, when Clarebout introduced twelve wire-sculpture angels which, a few years later, became permanent fixtures at Christmastime. Each figure holds six-foot-long brass trumpets angled toward the world-famous Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center. Both the figures and sparkling wire snowflakes glitter from thousands of tiny lights.

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