Throughout the years, we have been commissioned to create various sculptures in memory of a family member or friend, as well as restore existing works dedicated to a certain person or cause. Many times, a sculpture is preferred to a plaque for its encouraging aesthetics.
A Chicago couple dedicated this fountain at the Lincoln Park Zoo in memory of their son. Evanston-based artist George Suyeoka created the sculpture and our craftsmen at Great Lakes Metal Works cast it into bronze. What’s inspiring about this dedication is it shows that anything can intentionally honor someone and a memorial doesn’t have to be uninteresting or dreary.
Another example is this relief, cast by Great Lakes Metal Works, which memorializes a team of reporters that were killed during the Bosnian War in the mid 1990s.
Evanston-based artist and co-owner of Great Lakes Metal Works Donna Zarbin-Byrne created this sculpture for a synagogue in the form of a three-dimensional illuminated manuscript. The piece features the various stages of growth of the pomegranate, which is religiously significant and is also an artistic theme of the congregation. Inscriptions are added to the leaves of the sculpture to honor a life event of a congregational member or in memory of a loved one.
This three-ton, 18-foot tall sculpture of the Christ figure, called the Divine Mercy Statue, was a gift to the Rwandan population by the Catholic Church as a dedication to healing, peace and hope. Originally, it stood next to Chicago’s Kennedy Expressway at the St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish. After 40 years of Rwandan turmoil and genocide, the Church gifted the statue as a permanent symbol that God is present even in the midst of sorrow. The statue required intense restoration prior to moving, including re-fabricating damaged metal, fixing stress cracks and restoring much of the patina work.
A final example of the life-honoring work we do can be found at the Jewish Christian section of a Chicago cemetery, where this Hebrew sculpture stands. It is fabricated out of bronze and copper.
In the same way that art uplifts the spirit and brings joy to the viewer, it has a way of esteeming the memory of a loved one and honoring their life in a beautiful manner. To discuss a memorial sculpture or idea, call us at 773.517.6733 or email us at email@example.com. We look forward to collaborating with you.