Statue Moroni tops spire of Mormon temple

Workers used a construction crane last week to hoist a statue of an angel to its spot atop the new Mormon temple in the Northland.

About the statue

•It represents the Angel Moroni, an important figure in the theology of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

•Perched 153 feet above the ground, atop the temple’s eastern spire, it’s 12 feet tall and 1,200 pounds, with a fiberglass body and a skin of gold leaf.

•It’s modeled after the statue atop the Salt Lake City Temple in Utah. That statue was designed in the late 1800s by Cyrus E. Dallin, the sculptor who also created The Scout in Kansas City’s Penn Valley Park.
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