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This Stone Tree Tells a Story of Love and Devotion

After losing his wife Kerry to cancer 2 years ago, mourning husband Eric Landman set out to cherish her memory in a way that will both last the hands of time and honor her beauty of spirit. 

Stone Tree memorial

He was granted permission to erect a stone wall with a special tree-like monument, built with his own hands. 

Stone Tree memorial

For those unfamiliar with the concept of dry stone, this is a method of construction with stones that uses no mortar or binding material, but relies only on using a special pattern of stones that support each other, without any added material. To do so, of course, requires a lot of planning, trial and error.  

The photo below shows the original design idea.

Stone Tree memorial

When dealing with the loss of a loved one, sublimation - the act of channeling energies in certain directions - can be a very helpful, very therapeutic thing. Many mourners are encouraged to create a project in honor of the loved ones they lost. The work and focus help the mourner deal with the terrible grief in a healthy and constructive way.
 
Stone Tree memorial


With the help of his eldest son Jordan, Eric built the dry wall and memorial tree that is 10 foot high, 20 feet wide and 5 foot deep - using only stone placement for the work.
 
Stone Tree memorial

To complete the memorial, Eric and Jordan used between 50-60 tons of stone, mainly limestone and granite. For the part of the tree, Eric used stones that had a rough, almost bark-like exterior, as well as some that were covered in moss, to give that living feeling. 

Stone Tree memorial

Completed in March, the Kerry Landman Memorial Tree stands now as a beautiful and loving gesture for a loved one passed away.

Stone Tree memorial

Stone Tree memorial

Stone Tree memorial

Stone Tree memorial

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