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The art of remembering!

Birdbath Memorial at Historic Deerfield Museum

Stortly after the attacks on the Twin Towers in New York on September 11th, 2001, I received a call from a woman who said, “My husband was killed in the North Tower but I feel blessed because I received a body.” My mind couldn’t comprehend what she was saying. My thought was: of course you should receive a body when your husband dies! But that was not the case for most of the families who lost someone on that day. I designed and carved her husband's monument and it rests over his grave.

A second call came to my studio from a husband who wanted to remember his wife. She was also killed in the towers and her body never recovered. Together we designed a stone bowl bird bath that rests in an herb garden at the Historic Deerfield Museum. The cooks garden, as it is called, was created in her honor and to remember her love for open hearth cooking. Thirteen herbs are hand carved on the edge of the bowl. Each herb is named so the viewer can identify the herb in the garden. Her name and a poetic verse circle round the inner rim.

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With Gratitude,
Karin Sprague