The Christmas Angels have been used as holiday decorations in Monterey, California, since 1956, when the first angels were designed by artist Erica Franke.
An admirer of Mexican folk art, she fashioned 88 angels after the somewhat primitive style used by the priests in California missions to teach Christianity to Indians. In 2001 the Monterey Cultural Arts Commission commissioned the original artist to create ten new angels. Two of them hang on Pacific House in the Custom House Plaza near Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf.
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