On the 19th September 2015, the 1.5 tonne completed sandstone sculpture was craned into it's final resting place with Ross. It was a nervous and sad day for us. The installation of Ross' headstone brings a renewed sense of loss and grief; this is final.
This memorial provides a site to visit, a tactile object to interact with and a place to contemplate. We hope the bird bath at the top of the sculpture will soon be visited by the many birds at the site.
On the two year marker of losing Ross, Elif and Baby, we installed a floral installation on, through, over and around the sculpture. Flowers are abundant this time of year in Australia (Spring) and it feels only right to celebrate their form, colour and scent.
"... the flowers may rise in Spring,
the trees may bud, the waters run,
the merry finches sing."
A huge thank-you to Norbert Villy for his immense skill, time and sensitivity in sculpting Ross' memorial. And to his partner, Gay Brench for her help and support throughout the process. This felt like an impossible task; we are grateful to you for helping us through it.