These sheet metal (probably Cor-Ten steel which is designed to rust and then stop rusting)sculptures include a row of nine cabbage trees (Cordyline australis)and an angel with (symbolic) Lyre and Horn. The Lyre includes text; "Is man an ape or an angel? I my Lord, am on the side of the angels." incised into a steel panel. This is a shortened version of the words spoken by the politician Benjamin Disraeli at Oxford on 25th November 1864 in a debate about the work of Charles Darwin. Presumably spoken in the context of the ongoing debate surrounding Darwin's1859 publication of the Origin of Species, Disraeli's "siding" with the angels represents his political and personal commitment to the Anglican Church. Important in light of Disraeli's Jewish background (though he was an Anglican his father was a Jew who had converted to the Church of England), this public stance emphasized Disraeli's conservatism and his loyalty to the English nation. Disraeli Street is named after him.
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Photo taken in Addington, Christchurch, New Zealand
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