- Posted January 30, 2013 by
Artist donates the perfect Angel to Newtown
Bill came out of a coma in 2005 with no long-term or short-term memory. He tried many types of medical therapy, but sadly his memory never came back.
In 2007, one of his friends gave him a scroll saw. With no back ground in art or wood working or even training in the use of an electric saw, Bill began to make angels out of small pieces of wood glued together. Over time, his skill became so great, that one of his angels hangs in the Vatican.
Sonia contacted Bill to donate one of his angels to Oxnard Union High School District so they could present it as part of a gift to the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. At first Bill chose an angel crying beneath a cross which he had made just two months before. When Sonia came to pick up the angel from “Things from Heaven”, an angel store in Ventura, Ca, she agreed with the owners of the store that the angel by the cross seemed too sad and ultimately, too religious for a public school.
At the last minute, Sonia decided to select an angel that was sweetly touching and admiring a sunflower. This piece had hung on the wall at the downtown Ventura gift store for over a year. Bill often said he felt this was one of his most beautiful angels and wondered why it had not been sold.
After picking up the angel, Sonia posted a photo of it on her Facebook Page. When Bill saw her post he was moved and he studied it carefully. There was something about the piece that intrigued him. At first he did not know what it was. Then it came to him. The sunflower the angel was touching had twenty-six petals on it. Bill thought this might be significant, so he told his wife Shannon about the number of petals.
Shannon said that she was dumbstruck when she learned of the twenty-six petals. At first Bill did not understand his wife's reaction. She then explained to him that the number twenty-six was very important in the event he was donating to. This she told him was the number of students and teachers that died in the massacre.
This piece of art had waited over a year to go to where it was needed, and was chosen as an afterthought. It was the perfect angel for the people of Newtown, Connecticut. Bill says he does not believe in coincidences. His angel with the twenty-six petal sunflower was the one selected by the angels to be sent. The sunflower he says means closeness to God. There are now twenty-six new angels with God in heaven.
You can check out his whole story at www.angelduststudios.com