Military Memorials

11 Mar

Gold Star Moms

I received a couple of emails this morning from two Gold Star Mothers. They both watched their sons leave for the war in the desert; both bold and ready and strong. And then … an awful day … he’s not coming home. His presence now is in proud pictures, precious memories, and a folded flag.

They asked about a sculpture to help honor their sons. How am I qualified to step into that place… with them? I’m not. But I will do my best.

Military images should be easy; soldiers, guns, drama. The easy stuff can be found on the walls of tattoo parlors; crazed warriors, muscles bulging, guns blazing, piles of skulls, smoke and fire…

But how do you sculpt honor and dignity and sacrifice? I’m trying to learn. I know that when a mom holds one of my sculptures in her hands and it is supposed to tell her story and her son’s story, I feel the weight of that moment. So, when I’m alone in my studio, shaping the clay in front of me, all those families and fallen soldiers are looking over my shoulder … whispering … so I get the story right.


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9 responses to “Military Memorials

  1. Chet Jacobs

    March 11, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Scott, if anyone can baring a modicum of pease to a Mom who has lost her son it is my friend.
    I personally can’t wait to see what you come up with.

  2. Dave Anderson

    March 11, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    You are so on target with your comments and proves that sculpture is not your vocation, but your calling…and you do it well.

    • scottstearmanstudio

      March 12, 2012 at 12:42 am

      Yeah Dave… at age 59, my calling is just now showing up. Always felt it but never really verbalized it. Learning to listen more now… I guess that makes a difference.

    • KLeigh

      March 12, 2012 at 2:38 pm

      I agree, Dave.

  3. Teri @ StumblingAroundInTheLight

    March 12, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    The gravity of what you do…the permanence…
    so grateful for your always-seeking, ever-tender heart.
    Through that – God’s glory shines through – that it might be HIS handiwork, flowing out from your fingertips. Wow.

    • scottstearmanstudio

      March 12, 2012 at 9:34 pm

      Thanks Teri…you are a person who sheds light on my path… and I see more clearly.

  4. Terry

    March 22, 2012 at 1:35 am

    Proud of Who you are Cuz…


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