Self-Expression to the Grave: Country Sees Rise in Unique and Unusual Memorials

Apr 26, 2001, 01:00 ET from Cold Spring Granite Company

    COLD SPRING, Minn., April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Weighing nearly a ton, the
 granite Monarch butterfly isn't your conventional memorial.  Set diagonally on
 a block inscribed with only the first name of the person, the occupant must
 have had more than a passing interest in butterflies.
     A refrigerator-sized football testifies to a true fan of the game.  And an
 oblong pentagonal memorial, set on top of a desk-sized base, prominently
 displays the person's favorite pastime and possession, a Harley-Davidson.
     As millions pay their respects this Memorial Day, Mel Lommel, general
 manager of Royal Melrose Granites, a division of Cold Spring Granite Company
 here, says they will notice the increasing numbers of unique and unusual
 memorials that underscore the widening trend of Americans seeking to leave a
 more declarative stamp on their lives than names and dates carved on stone.
 See http://www.coldspringgranite.com
     Guitars, pianos, cars, motorcycles, snowmobiles, bicycles, cats, dogs,
 footballs and wildlife and hunting scenes are among distinctive graphics
 carved and etched on memorials.  The replicas spotlight the interests and
 hobbies of people of all generations, celebrating, rather than mourning, the
 memory of a person's life and lifestyle, says Lommel based on Cold Spring
 Granite's experience as one of the world's largest quarriers and
 memorialization firms.
     "A memorial depicting a person's interests is a powerful medium," says
 Lommel.  "The images comfort people, reminding them of positive experiences
 and impressions.  They also display a unique statement on behalf of a person."
     Duplicating visuals sought by families on stone requires intensive
 communication. Designers must comply with minute details and demands.  Cold
 Spring's custom memorials are intricate carvings and sculptures fashioned with
 high-tech sandblasting and diamond-tipped and laser tools.
     One memorial the size of two pool tables stacked lengthwise serves as a
 mother's pictorial ode to her three children tragically lost in an accident.
 It is a canvas of stone carved with the favorite playthings of her children:
 soccer ball, baseball glove and bat, tricycle, teddy bear and a car, all
 surrounding a farewell poem, topped with musical notes, written by the mother.
     Then there is the tree of life memorial, a massive granite face outlined
 as a tree.  It teems with etchings and scenes depicting the person's likes and
 identity: a deer walking across a creek with fish jumping out, a bow-hunter in
 the bushes, pheasants flying, a farm house in the background and a pickup
 truck and motorcycle.  It is the picture of a life that was lived to the hilt
 -- reflected all in a memorial.
     For more information or to arrange an interview with Mel Lommel, contact
 Linda Mathiasen at 320-685-5068 or LMathiasen@coldspringgranite.com .
 
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    COLD SPRING, Minn., April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Weighing nearly a ton, the
 granite Monarch butterfly isn't your conventional memorial.  Set diagonally on
 a block inscribed with only the first name of the person, the occupant must
 have had more than a passing interest in butterflies.
     A refrigerator-sized football testifies to a true fan of the game.  And an
 oblong pentagonal memorial, set on top of a desk-sized base, prominently
 displays the person's favorite pastime and possession, a Harley-Davidson.
     As millions pay their respects this Memorial Day, Mel Lommel, general
 manager of Royal Melrose Granites, a division of Cold Spring Granite Company
 here, says they will notice the increasing numbers of unique and unusual
 memorials that underscore the widening trend of Americans seeking to leave a
 more declarative stamp on their lives than names and dates carved on stone.
 See http://www.coldspringgranite.com
     Guitars, pianos, cars, motorcycles, snowmobiles, bicycles, cats, dogs,
 footballs and wildlife and hunting scenes are among distinctive graphics
 carved and etched on memorials.  The replicas spotlight the interests and
 hobbies of people of all generations, celebrating, rather than mourning, the
 memory of a person's life and lifestyle, says Lommel based on Cold Spring
 Granite's experience as one of the world's largest quarriers and
 memorialization firms.
     "A memorial depicting a person's interests is a powerful medium," says
 Lommel.  "The images comfort people, reminding them of positive experiences
 and impressions.  They also display a unique statement on behalf of a person."
     Duplicating visuals sought by families on stone requires intensive
 communication. Designers must comply with minute details and demands.  Cold
 Spring's custom memorials are intricate carvings and sculptures fashioned with
 high-tech sandblasting and diamond-tipped and laser tools.
     One memorial the size of two pool tables stacked lengthwise serves as a
 mother's pictorial ode to her three children tragically lost in an accident.
 It is a canvas of stone carved with the favorite playthings of her children:
 soccer ball, baseball glove and bat, tricycle, teddy bear and a car, all
 surrounding a farewell poem, topped with musical notes, written by the mother.
     Then there is the tree of life memorial, a massive granite face outlined
 as a tree.  It teems with etchings and scenes depicting the person's likes and
 identity: a deer walking across a creek with fish jumping out, a bow-hunter in
 the bushes, pheasants flying, a farm house in the background and a pickup
 truck and motorcycle.  It is the picture of a life that was lived to the hilt
 -- reflected all in a memorial.
     For more information or to arrange an interview with Mel Lommel, contact
 Linda Mathiasen at 320-685-5068 or LMathiasen@coldspringgranite.com .
 
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