Memorial Garden Sculpture

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Getting ready to lift sculpture on to the base

Scale drawing
Sculpture detail

 

 

Finished sculpture

It brings us such pleasure making memorials that have real meaning and artistic content. We were lucky enough to be asked to make a sculpture for a beautiful garden in Dorset honouring the life of our client’s husband who had died after a short illness the year before.

After a good long chat about him and the aspects of his life she would like reflected in the sculpture, the areas of focus were his love of archaeology, the garden and the 5 members of his family. With this in mind we began designing. After a couple of further meetings with preliminary designs we had a clear idea to go ahead with, based on a flint tool / seed shape, and with 5 elements running through the sculpture.

Sculptor Kate Semple made a scale version of the sculpture in stone so the client could visualise it. Once she had the go ahead she cracked on with the full size garden sculpture, made from Portland stone.

Part of the brief was that the urn of ashes had to be incorporated into the sculpture. This was done by building it into the base. Master stonemason Ed Humphris built it from the local stone, and left a void in the middle to house the urn. It was quite an involved job installing the sculpture in the garden, building the base and footing, then moving and lifting the large sculpture into place, secured with a large stainless steel rod.

We were really pleased with the result, and the client loves it. She finds it a great comfort to have somewhere to focus on her husband, and think about him and their life together.