I have been taking commissions for memorial sculptures for some time now and appreciate the problems that can be associated with this type of work. Ie the customer is going through a stressful time and is seeking to celebrate the life of a lived one. They are also looking for a sculpture they can live with. When taking on this type of work I am willing to spend as long as it takes for the customer to be happy with the end result of my work and communicate with them during the design and production stages.
My first memorial sculpture was for a small girl who passed away in 2009. I was asked by her school to make a small statue for a memorial garden; and was at first not sure about taking the job on. In the end I agreed as long as the girl's family were involved in the design process.
Her sister sent me some sketches, she wanted ' A Flower fairy with Tinkerbell wings, holding a daisy with a snail on her toe'. Initially I was a bit overwhelmed by the request but managed to make a small model for the sister.
The family were happy with this idea so I built the ful sized sculpture, she now lives in the memorial garden at the school. The small model lives in the sister's bedroom.
Not long after this I was asked to make a memorial to 'Titch' the worlds smallest Bass player. That was his brothers description.
I had another interesting commission in 2010, this gentleman wanted a dome making as a memorial to his wife, he wanted somewhere to play his saxophone and drink his whisky. Again we spent a long time looking at structures before narrowing the plan down to a structure based on radiolarians, the single celled plants found in the oceans. Dimensions are 4.5m wide by 4m to the top of the crown.
The photographs were taken during installation hence the foreground clutter.
The next example was commissioned by a gentleman who was just getting over a big health scare and decided to commission his own memorial. He wanted himself in characteristic pose, cup of tea in one hand and examining his latest find in the other hand. The grandchildren are in charge of the contents of his left hand. The Tea Stein is the correct size. Photograph taken by my customer.
This year I was asked to make a memorial to young dairy farmer who died in a car accident. the work was funded by his friends who had a collection for the memorial and decided on the subject matter. He was a keen football player as well being a dairy farmer, so they decided on a life sized calf playing football.
The sculpture is on display at Harper Adams College.
I have just completed a sculpture to a young lady who everybody knew as Bee. Her family wanted a Bee sat on a daisy to sit on her headstone, and were involved in the whole design process including supplying me with working drawings.
The bee is made of mild steel with stainless steel wings, and has been discretely engineered to immune to poking and prying fingers as it is going in a very public space.
This is a selection of memorial sculptures that I have made, some families prefer to maintain their pivacy in these matters.
If you are interested in this area of my work feel free to contact me at any time;I hope I am able to be of help.
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