Artist hopes cemetery statues bring comfort
It has indeed been a great pleasure and honor to work with Ben Peay and have two of my major sculptures selected for the new private cemetery in Mapleton. Their mantra has been quality from the very onset. Ben and Dallas are creating a very sacred space that the locals and entire state can be extremely proud of!
The view alone, with Maple Mountain in the background to the east, is worth your time visiting the site. No coincidence that its location is on Maple Street. The two bronze sculptures that were chosen are my “SOARING,” an eight-foot-wingspan eagle in flight (as the entrance piece), and “COMMUNION,” the 15-foot centerpiece of the cemetery. John Denver wrote a beautiful song years ago called “Rocky Mountain High” that was part of the inspiration for “SOARING.” In the song he sings, “You never need be a poor man, if you’ve ever seen an eagle fly.” As an artist, I could not agree more!
“COMMUNION” gets its inspiration from the transcendence that we will all undergo upon our parting from this sphere. I leave its interpretation up to the viewer. It could represent our earthly connections or those beyond our vision. Either way, that particular time is a very poignant time - and I’ve attempted to portray that transition at its very onset. My greatest hope is that both sculptures, and others that will become a part of this beautiful space, will provide comfort and inspiration for all of us along our earthly sojourn..