Award Winners - WAW 0280.00ITEM #: Award Winners - WAW 028
AICA 2017 Second Place Winner in the Small Monuments category, this memorial monument was designed by Cal Christensen. Aden was two years old when he received a John Deere electric ‘’Gator’’ tractor and from that day forward, there wasn’t a day that went by where he couldn’t be found driving it around the family farm. Naturally, that image had to be included on his memorial, so we dedicated the back of the monument to include a portrait of Aden in his John Deere, traveling down from a pair of barn doors, toward the viewer. Aden’s portrait perfectly captures the “brightness” of his personality. Because the granite itself is green, we were able to utilize the polish to emulate the trademark green of the John Deere. Because of the importance of the imagery on the back, the front was left simple and elegant with name, dates, and a bronze flame accented by the alcove. The flame itself is representative of the light of Aden’s spirit that will always shine as echoed in the epitaph on the back and tying the two sides together.