Bethesda Angel by Paul Granlund

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Created in 1968, the “Bethesda Angel” by Minnesota artist Paul Granlund welcomes visitors to the Bethesda Medical Center and illustrates the story of the healing pool from the Bible. An inscription on the sculpture quotes the relevant passage:

“There was in Jerusalem a pool called Bethesda. An Angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool and troubled the water. Whoever stepped in first was healed of whatever disease he had.” John 5

Granlund’s sculpture shows an angel coming down and touching the pool of water with one hand. The sculpture predates the current Bethesda Therapeutic Sculpture Garden, but adds a touch of history to the more recently created works in the garden.

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