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.

Its always a huge honour and responsibility when I'm asked to produce a sculpture that reflects the Mana, the Mauri, and the Wairua of a loved one.

You take something that she loved like the Ruru, you add koru that represent her mother and brother, and a sunflower that reflects her marae.

The Ruru is a powerful figure in Maori mythology, believed to be a Kaitiaki or protective guardian spirit.


Brett Keno
New Zealand Stone Carving Artist and Sculptor