SEVEN FROM HEAVEN is based on the creation myth of the Tongva Indians – the native inhabitants of the Los Angeles basin. The Tongva believed in a god without gender nor form, called Quaoar, that brought peace to the world by setting the created order upon the shoulders of seven giants to protect it. The SEVEN FROM HEAVEN hovering atop modern skyscrapers is an intriguing and fanciful juxtaposition of fairy tale figures that has somehow escaped from a mythical narrative into the real world.
SEVEN FROM HEAVEN shows a simple but powerful realization: Responsibility in action begets Perfection. Perfection in our environment, in energy, in finance, in human relations, in health, in food, in science, in education, as well as every other human endeavor. The traditions of indigenous peoples, taught to act responsible for 7 generations. SEVEN FROM HEAVEN, installed over the cities, can inspire many to act responsible for more than 7 generations.
These 120 foot tall SEVEN FROM HEAVEN appear like a miracle. They do something with our minds. It’s the cultural equivalent of falling in love. The feelings of a unique experience, a strong emotional impact, like the eclipse of the sun. It’s surprising, illogical and overwhelming in its beauty. These Angels turn the whole landscape into a metaphor. They are breaking through the sphere, increasing the meaning of facts. The SEVEN FROM HEAVEN project has a consecration of its own. These Angels provokes a chaos of our usual metaphors. A kind of an avalanche of values.
Gently dancing above the rooftops of seven skyscrapers, Trauschke’s SEVEN FROM HEAVEN pose questions about the relationship of responsibility and perfection in order, how order can be obtained today and what this order would look like if we act responsible.
After the angels did levitate above the Los Angeles skyline, they will become international ambassadors to sister cities of Los Angeles around the world such as Berlin, Vancouver, Bordeaux, Mexico City, Guangzhou, London, Mumbai, St. Petersburg, Nagoya, San Salvador and Taipei. Ultimately, more than 100 million people will see this art installation live and 2 billion people will see it through the medias.
These SEVEN FROM HEAVEN are truly powerful and when they dance atop the skyscrapers of our world, they rule not only the heavenly sky.
Working closely with the owners of the skyscrapers and the City of Los Angeles, Trauschke will bring his vision to life in June 2015. His Angels will create a sight “sure to focus the eyes of the world on the brilliant skyline of downtown Los Angeles in a whole new way.” – President, Sister Cities of Los Angeles & LA City Councilmember, Tom LaBonge
“Hans Peter Trauschke’s Seven from Heaven will be a thrilling installation that will create an instant iconic image of the heart of downtown Los Angeles.” – LA City Councilwoman, Jan Perry
“An important project for uncertain times and one that reaffirms our faith in our city, our humanity and in our commitment to the deep and abiding relationships between Angelenos and the citizens of sister cities around the globe.” – President Los Angeles-Berlin Sister City Committee, Rosemarie Reisch