The Angel of History comes to the Islands

No, he wasn't with a bike tour...

His face is turned towards the past. Where we percieve a chain
of events, he sees one single catastrophe which keeps piling wreckage
upon wreckage and hurls it in front of his feet. The angel would like to stay,
awaken the dead, and make whole what has been smashed. But a storm
is blowing from Paradise; it has got caught in his wings with such violence
that the angel can no longer close them. This storm irresistibly propels him
into the future to which his back is turned, while the pile of debris before him
grows skywards. This storm is what we call progress.

-- WATER BENJAMIN, in Illuminations
writing about the Angel of History