The making of a memorial

DOLPHIN MEMORIAL

Here you can read the story and inspiration behind the design.

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I was delighted when asked to create a memorial for a young lady using dolphins. Dolphins are a highly respected guide and guardian in Maori culture. They are a symbol of protection, freedom, harmony and joy. In this particular design a central photo (not shown) is encircled by six koru (her siblings), with two playful dolphins watching over them all. We created a separate stand-alone base for the plaque.


Almost every sculpture request, such as these dolphins, is a "first time" for me. I love the challenge of something new and I'm blown away by the faith people have that i can carve it.

Its always an honour and a privilege thank you.

Brett Keno
New Zealand Stone Carving Artist and Sculptor
July 2016