The making of a memorial


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

This family contacted me and asked if I could produce a memorial for their mother that incorporated their kaitiaki (guardians)... piwakawaka (fantail) and the whai (stingray).

There were a number of conversations about the design and placement of the elements and we also included a kowhaiwhai pattern within the whai that represented the children. The height was 920mm.

I wanted something simple but unique. The curvature of the stylised fantail meant the plaque needed to be curved as well.



Brett Keno
New Zealand Stone Carving Artist and Sculptor


Upper Hutt
New Zealand


Tel: 04 527 7012 
Mob: 021 855 088


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