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Brookeville in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Brookeville Angel

 
 
Brookeville Angel Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 20, 2006
1. Brookeville Angel Marker
Inscription. Sculptor Stefan Saal created the Brookeville Angel over a three-month period in 1994 from a white oak tree (Quercus alba) located on the east side of Georgia Avenue (Rt. #97) south of town. "Father Don" (Donald Van Alstyne) of the Marian Fathers Novitiate had commissioned the sculpture to commemorate the Town of Brookeville's Bicentennial celebration that year. The sculpture represents the artist's depiction of the Archangel Gabriel and is dedicated to "All of God's Children."

Unforeseen circumstances led to the removal of the Brookeville Angel from its original location and its subsequent storage for several years in a local barn. The Brookeville Town Commissioners recovered the sculpture from storage and had it moved to its present site on the grounds of the Brookeville Academy in 1998. Stefan Saal supervised the moving and erection of the angel and constructed its base. The project was assisted by a generous memorial bequeath from Francis McIntire.

Stefan Saal also sculpted "Phoenix" in 1991 from a white oak tree where it now resides in Wheaton Regional Park.

“ I'm trying to make a wonderful thing here and to make it wonderful, it has to be full of wonder. Nowadays, we live in a country where people are very color conscious. They are conscious about their ethnicity. If you're making something for
The Brookeville Angel<br>by Stefan Saal image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 20, 2006
2. The Brookeville Angel
by Stefan Saal
everyone, how do you make it so it doesn't exclude anyone? ”
—Stephan Saal
 
Location. 39° 10.83′ N, 77° 3.494′ W. Marker is in Brookeville, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from High Street (Maryland Route 97) south of Market Street (Maryland Route 97). Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5 High Street, Brookeville MD 20833, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Newlin’s Mill Millstone (within shouting distance of this marker); A Refuge (within shouting distance of this marker); August 26, 1814 (within shouting distance of this marker); Brookeville (within shouting distance of this marker); In This House (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brookeville.
 
More about this marker. Marker is on the lawn of the Brookeville Academy Community Center.

 
Regarding Brookeville Angel. The multicolored inscription carved at the base of the statue reads “For you are greatly beloved,” a reference to the Book of Daniel.
 
Also see . . .  The Brookeville Angel. Town of Brookeville. (Submitted on April 4, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
Close Up of the Angel image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 20, 2006
3. Close Up of the Angel
 
 
Additional comments.
1. Angel Removed
"The angel has currently been removed for renovation. The Brookeville Angel continues to suffer from long-term exposure to the elements. The base is deteriorating from insect damage and the whole sculpture is rotting according to Pogo Sherwood. Pogo has stepped in again to help save the sculpture which is carved from a white oak. He contacted sculptor, Stefan Saal, and, based on his advice is drying out the angel in one of his greenhouses in Brookeville. Pogo estimates that if the Angel can be safely moved to a suitable indoor location it may last another 10-15 years." -- Town of Brookeville Website
    — Submitted April 4, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.

 
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Close Up of the Angel image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 20, 2006
4. Close Up of the Angel
Brookeville Angel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 2, 2014
5. Brookeville Angel Marker
Angel Removed
Angel Removed image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 2, 2014
6. Angel Removed
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 20, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 2,542 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 20, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.   5, 6. submitted on April 4, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.
 
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