Hidden Gems: Angel 'Guards' Healing Arts Plaza
Standing outside Samford University's Dwight and Lucille Beeson Center for the Healing Arts, the bronze figure of Healing Angel greets all who enter the south entrance. The center, which houses the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, opened in 1988. The bronze statue was installed the same year.
The statue was designed by former Samford student Tim Britton, who is known professionally as Constantine Breton. From Breton's drawings and designs, Italian sculptor Urbano Buratti created a mold from which the bronze figure of the Healing Angel was cast.
"The statue itself shows the philosophy of Mrs. Moffett, for whom the school is named," said Nena Sanders, nursing school dean. According to Sanders, that philosophy consists of four aspects: academic excellence, caring, compassion, and serving. The angel's head, hands, wings, and feet represent those ideals respectively.
Britton was a Samford art student in the late 1970s before leaving to study in Italy. He later taught some art classes at Samford and had a professional studio in Birmingham.
[Editor's Note: This article is one in a recurring series on "hidden gems" on the Samford University campus.]