Karl Quilter: Mormon Artist
Karl Quilter was a sculptor who created the Angel Moroni statue that adorns the top of most LDS temples. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Quilter created three total designs for the Moroni statue, allowing for size variation to accommodate the different temple sizes. He also crafted many of the oxen featured in the temple baptismal fonts, the memorial for the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers near the Utah State Capitol, and the life-size nativity scenes displayed on many LDS temple grounds during the Christmas season.
He continued to sculpt until he died unexpectedly on November 27, 2013. He was 84. Quilter was devoted to his wife, eight children, and more than 80 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Quilter studied sculpture and industrial design at the University of Utah, where he experimented with casting sculptures in fiberglass, rather than traditionally used bronze or other metals. His use of fiberglass on the Moroni statues made them easier to transport and mount.
In addition to his work for The Church of Jesus Christ, he also worked as a seminary teacher and temple worker.