Will’s Wings

Metal angel wings installed outside downtown Jasper business to honor loved one

By NICOLE SMITH, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 2/25/18

A pair of metal wings installed on a building in downtown Jasper are much more than street art — they are a symbol of peace and a gentle reminder of one gone but never forgotten. They are Will’s Wings.

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Will’s Wings

Metal angel wings installed outside downtown Jasper business to honor loved one

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A pair of metal wings installed on a building in downtown Jasper are much more than street art — they are a symbol of peace and a gentle reminder of one gone but never forgotten. They are Will’s Wings. Last year, Twisted Barley Brewing Company owners Mason and Courtney Boren lost their son, Will, a few short months before his expected arrival. After their loss, the grieving parents pushed forward and opened their first brew pub on Sept. 1, 2017, and they wanted an art tribute to Will, considering the vast display of art in the business on 19th Street West in Jasper. “We wanted something on our building to memorialize him, and we had thought about the wings,” Mason Boren said. “Jeremy Jordan came in one night, and we started talking about it. He came up with the great idea to have some big, metal wings on the side of the building.” Jordan is an artist from Jasper who randomly visited Twisted Barley one evening, and he quickly became friends with the Borens. He said he was honored to create something to remember Will and decided to use his love for sculpture making to design the metal wings that are now installed on the side of the Twisted Barley building. “The wings themselves are made of aluminum sheet metal. Every one of those feathers are hand cut, and all the textures are done by hand. It was a long process,” Jordan said. “There’s still a couple of elements to go on it. I’m going to come back and do some painting around it. The hard work is done.” The wing project began in November in Jordan’s basement, and he estimates it took him roughly 50 hours to complete the piece. Painted angel wings started appearing on street corners in Los Angeles in 2012 as part of the Global Angel Wings Project started by artist Colette Miller. She has painted wings as a symbol of peace around the world. Arists, like Jordan, have since created their own wings through colorful paintings or unique sculptures, and the wings are designed to encourage people to take photographs and capture the art’s beauty. The angel wings outside Twisted Barley are the only ones in Jasper, and perhaps all of Walker County. Jordan says this is the only public art display he has done in the county, and he’s hoping to start art classes in the near future. The Borens have considered the possibility of having additional art projects on the outside of the Twisted Barley building. Their business has been going well since September, and the Borens say they are happy their son will forever be remembered when people stop by and see the angel wings. They have a daughter, Lily, who said something to bring them comfort during this new season of life. “Like my little girl said one time, she’s not sad, because she knows he’s an angel now,” Mason Boren said.