I understand your point of view and i confess that IMHO architecturally speaking, this Campanile reminds me of some Eugene-Viollet-Le-Duc’s Notre-Dame Cathedral’s arrow ( wich is now down ): some useless symbol of the human pride to build higher and higher.
Nevertheless, even if i ( you ? ) consider those choices as out-of-topic/unimportant they were made by some architects ( ??? not sure ) and give the St-Michel mount top it’s nowadays look.
Therefore, and it’s only my point of view, it’s part of what you beautifully modeled and it should also be modeled.
Technically speaking, i feel it’s a pain reproducing the statue. And doing it by hand ( mebe a rough sculpt one ) would do the trick when cam is down the stairs but… no doubt some people will ask for the Archangel pic over the land…
something like this:
@Jasper i’m definetely admirative at your work. I love your way and talent for approching perfection.
And all along your posts, i hardly wait for the time you make the statue over its campanile
Back to tech, maybe ( as there are legions of pics and drone vids of this statue all around the web ) you can give a try with photogrammetry rebuilding it in 3D ?
Your non-care of triangles count should allow this kind of rebuild…
At last but not least ( and as an historical architecture lover ) i confess i dream to catch you model and make it freely visitable in unity3D through an application, just like i did for the Carcassonne medieval city…
Finally i just have to say what you deserve: Thanks a lot for your time, work and talent, giving me this pleasure to my eyes !
Happy blending !