The seven-foot metal sculpture, a form composed of graceful looping lines, was donated to the college by Trustee Emeritus Edgar Eisner and his wife, Lucky Dallo Eisner ’53, to ensure that the artwork continues to be an object of admiration and a source of inspiration.
“Lucky and I are delighted that ‘Key Angel’ has found a new home at Wheaton,” Eisner said. “We thought of giving it to the college so that students can enjoy it, and we decided to do that rather than sell it at auction. It’s a more meaninful place for the sculpture to be.”
The Eisners have long been supporters of Wheaton, both in service to the college and as philanthropists and contributors to the Permanent Collection. In the past decade, the Eisners contributed 17 stained-glass panels, the most recent of which arrived late in 2011. They also funded the construction of long-term cases in the lobby of Watson Fine Arts to allow regular display of the works of art, many of which are late medieval and early modern Swiss panels.