Urns and Monuments
Making these final vessels is a solemn honor indeed. When the spirit of a person can be evoked in the form and materials of an urn, it is as much a celebration as it is a memorial. Great care is given to aligning the choice of materials with the personal belief systems of those being celebrated.
The first three urns here are designed for permanent display, the shell urn for interment.
The large standing urn is designed to come apart in five sections, with one section going to each branch of the man's family. The client, an octogenarian who is still very much alive, will have the whole sculpture displayed in his home until it finds its ultimate use.
Each section has a stainless steel canister inside with a cast pewter "knob" in the shape of a branch. When the sections are separated, they get a round finishing disc with a dedication engraved upon it.
For the grave monument pictured, the family wanted a form both humble and elegiac, having mass but feeling light and airy, made from durable materials but lively and graceful. The materials are Thassos Marble and Halila limestone.