Artist hopes ceme­tery stat­ues bring com­fort

Serve Daily - - EMPOWERING LIBERTY - By Gary Lee Price

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..

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