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Quilter’s Moroni (1985)

Mount Timpanogos Moroni – Brian Olson
Sculptor
Karl A. Quilter
Commissioned
1978
Sculpted
~1985
Material Fiberglass covered in 22 karat gold leaf
Height 10’ 6”(3.2 Meters)
Weight ~400 pounds(136.1 kilograms)
Currently On
37 Temples (including under construction)

First placed on Portland Oregon Temple, 19 August 1998. See Here for a list of other temples this Angel sits above.

A Taller Standard

Temples vary in height. As such, a shorter statue that looks good on one temple might look too small or too tall on another. Quilter’s second statue is 10.5 feet tall and is a taller alternative to the previous version. With almost 40 in use it is the second most plentiful Moroni Statue.

When viewed from the front, the hem of the robe hangs straight down from the waist, not being blown to either side. The left arm is closer to the body. The wrist on the left arm has no bend to it. The left hand is clenched in a fist in this statue, like the first. The left leg bends forward at the knee like the previous statue, but also bends slightly to the outside, emphasizing the left ankle being behind the right foot.

When viewed from the side, there is no bend in the elbow. The cuff is tightly windswept and blown out behind the arm.

On close inspection of the right hand, the fingers touch together and the thumb touches the side of the pointer finger without overlapping it.

QM15 This statue is signed on the underside “K Quilter 85” and “J. Dell Morris”.


References

Scott Lloyd “‘Another Angel’” ldschurchnewsarchive.com 20 September 2008
J. Michael Hunter “I Saw Another Angel Fly” Ensign, January 2000.
Wendy Kenney “Looking Up to Moroni” New Era, November 2009.
“Angel Moroni Statues on LDS Temples” mormonnewsroom.org.
Elder Clenn L. Rudd “The Angel Moroni” BYU-Idaho Devotional, March 11, 2003
Additional info from a personal interview between M Quist and an employee at Wallgren’s studio.

Features

The Tight Grip

Brian Olson

The right trumpet hand on this version of the Angel Moroni has fingers that are close together, touching each other. The thumb touches the pointer finger, leaving no gap between thumb and trumpet.

The Wrinkled Sleeve

Brian Olson

The left sleeve on this statue has wrinkles, very defined wrinkles. The quickest way to tell it apart from the previous statue is to look just above the inside of the elbow for the well-defined creases.

The Defined Hem

Brian Olson

The hems of the sleeves on the cuffs of this Angel are visibly hemmed.

The Windswept Cuff

Brian Olson

The left sleeve collar on this angel is modeled to appear to be blowing in the wind.

 


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