The making of a memorial

HENRY'S MEMORIAL

Here you can view the process of making this beautiful memorial and read the story and inspiration behind the design.

I had a strong sense of a matau (fish hook) that represents strength when Shaz talked about Henry. I offered a couple of options. I wanted something a little different, not your typical sculpture on a plinth, and not your typical square plaque. We agreed on a design.

 

I had to be mindful of the structural integrity (particularly while transporting) and while it sits in the public domain. I resisted removing the stone at the rear of the fish hook, I wasn't sure whether it would be needed for support or protection. Eventually I felt confident the top would be strong enough to stand alone.

 

The stone was wet and time was getting tight. So at night in a poorly lit garage I had to dry one side with a heater while I worked on the other side with a headlamp.

 

An odd shaped plaque was needed to match the design. I sent Permanite a template for the exact shape, and they did a great job.

 

Thank you Shaz for inviting me along on this very special journey.

 

 

Brett Keno
New Zealand Stone Carving Artist and Sculptor
September 2013

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Upper Hutt
Wellington
New Zealand

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