(KUTV) Angela Johnson was once a rising opera star who had her dreams shattered, but as one door closed another opened; and it had nothing to do with her voice.
Angela was blessed with an amazing voice, but it still wasn't good enough to land her at the top of the opera world. Her disappointment was turned to disbelief as she found an incredible hidden talent she never dreamed of having.
Angela Johnson uses this extraordinary gift to transform clay into elaborate displays of a period of time from two thousand years ago. She has created fifteen larger-than-life sculptures; each one depicts a teaching or a miracle from the life of Christ.
The sculptures will eventually be placed inside a 2 ½ acre area at Thanksgiving Point Gardens. It's called the 'Light of The World Garden.' Four of Angela’s completed bronze sculptures are already there; the remaining 11 are all model size. When complete each sculpture will be placed in its own area of the garden, and people are already captivated by what they see.
You'd think that someone with this kind of talent would have years of schooling and classes, but Angela is self-taught. Twenty years ago when she realized that becoming an opera star wasn't going to happen, she was devastated.
To channel and perhaps redirect her sadness she went to the store, bought some clay and a sculpting tool. Angela says, "When I put my hands into that block of water based clay it was as though the pain of not realizing my vocal goals was gone." Four hours later Angela had sculpted a little girl.
She says God has a new plan for her and it involves finishing the Light of the World Garden, which will be like no other in the world. When it is complete, it will be the largest Christian-based sculpture garden in the world.
Angela's work can be seen at Thanksgiving Point Gardens during normal business hours. She hopes to have the Light of The World Garden done in the spring of 2015, but the biggest hang up is money. This is a nonprofit project that will cost about 3 million dollars to complete.
For more information on this project and how you can help go to: www.lotwf.org/
Follow Angela on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Angela-Johnsons-Light-of-the-World-Garden/285866649377
By: Dan Rascon
(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcasting Group.)