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2015 American Institute of Commemorative Art
Grand Prize Winner and
1st Place: Large Monument Category
This beautiful memorial was designed for the Cretiu family who escaped communist Romania many years ago. They left with only their belongings in their car – one of them being an abstract photo of a tree with four Cardinals in it.
The memorial depicts the family tree: two Cardinals on one branch representing Mr. and Mrs. Cretiu, and the two smaller Cardinals representing their two daughters.
The granite tapers from 10” to 8” and has bullnose edges to soften the look. The Cardinals were shape-carved by hand to personalize the memorial as much as possible.
The base also has curved ends to tie into the shape of the tablets.
John-Michael Weber, AICA
Kitchener, ON, Canada
2011 American Institute of Commemorative Art
1st place Individual Monument Category.John Spoltore Memorial
When designing a tribute to Johnny, we began by learning about his many amazing accomplishments throughout his professional hockey career. After many discussions with his family and friends, it became clear that what he loved most was the camaraderie of "the boys" in the dressing room. So we decided on the concept of a personalized hockey stall with his Louisiana Ice Gators jersey and helmet sculpted in. The teddy bear represents his fiancee Doris, and his eight year old daughter, Kendall. His friends called him the best teammate ever, as carved on the bottom of the memorial. The epitaph in reference to Mardi Gras was Johnny's motto.
On one side of the stone are is nicknames, along with the names of his family members. The other side shows his incredible statistics, just like his hockey card. Lastly, his autograph is carved on the top of the jersey, as he did so many times.
2007 American Institute of Commemorative Art
1st Place - Companion Monument Category
By John-Michael Weber, AICA
Gone at such a young age, Alex was always remembered by family and friends as a lover of nature. Her loves of life were hiking, camping and most of all her daughter remembers and cherishes how her mother enjoyed the family canoe trips. The memorial and epitaph convey her love of nature, her oneness and sense of family as they are all symbolically together in one canoe.
2006 American Institute of Commemorative Art
1st Place 2006 - Public/Civic Memorial and 2006 Grand Prize Winner
John-Michael Weber, AICA
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.
Sculpture Designed and Sculpted by Tim Schmalz
The Firefighter Memorial is in memory of ten fallen firefighters who died in the line of duty. Their ten helmets are also bronzed and mounted. The sculpture done by Tim Schmalz depicts firefighters and Kitchener stations and the back is an aerial shot of the city. This new park is now a common gathering area.