Angel of the Waters is a bronze, eight-foot statue depicting a female winged angel in the center of Bethesda Fountain in Central Park. The fountain was built to celebrate the opening of the Croton Aqueduct which brings fresh water to New York City from upstate NY. The statue is also called the Angel of Waters.
Angel of Waters appeared in Episode 104. Saanvi has a vision of a “Gray Woman” who leaves wet footprints on the floor (194.2). Michaela has a similar vision of the woman as an angel with wings (104.10). Bethany connects both instances to the Angle of Waters statue in Bethesda Fountain (104.22) where they find Thomas (104.24).
The Healing of the paralytic at Bethesda, a story from the Gospel of John about an angel blessing the Pool of Bethesda, giving it healing powers, was the inspiration behind the statue. Notice that the angel carries a lily in one hand, representing purity, and with the other hand blesses the water below.
Are the 828ers like angels called to heal and bless others? Isaiah, a “believer’ in jail, tells Michaela that one day he hopes to be like her, “pure” (102.22). When Michaela says she is not pure, Isaiah says, “Because you haven’t unburdened yourself, for there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, nothing concealed that will not be illuminated. What have you concealed, Michaela, even from yourself?”
Four-foot cherubs representing Temperance, Purity, Health, and Peace are located beneath the Angel of Waters.
Michaela’s purification may indeed be a process. Having reentered society following the plane’s return she has been undergoing a process of purification. Until that is complete, she will have a rough go at trying to help people. Her blessings may at time feel like curses (104.25).
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Bethesda Terrace is on two levels, united by two grand staircases and a lesser one that passes under Terrace Drive. They provide passage southward to the Elkan Naumburg bandshell and The Mall at the center of the park. The upper terrace flanks the 72nd Street Cross Drive and the lower terrace provides a podium for viewing the Lake. The mustard-olive colored carved stone is New Brunswick sandstone, with a harder stone for cappings, with granite steps and landings, and herringbone pattern paving of Roman brick laid on edge.