My First Inspiration Comes Back

My favorite sculpture in the Glenwood cemetery.

When I first started sculpting nearly 30 years ago I became intrigued with cemeteries. When I travel, I visit them like some choose to visit museums, or historical buildings.  When I go to the cemeteries, I gravitate toward certain plots. I visit them as if I knew the individuals buried there.  I visit because of the art.

From the moment I entered Glenwood Cemetery, many years ago I fell in love with this sculpture. It is very simple. It does not look like it belongs on the base where it is placed.  I remember when I first began sculpting, even before I began creating work for cemeteries I said, “One day I hope to create a sculpture like this, with the same feeling and emotion and peace.”  When I would envision my own burial plot, it is this sculpture that I envision on it.

Today a potential client called and told me that she and her mother liked one specific angel in the cemetery. They would really like their sculpture similar to this.  I was elated.  It was my angel! Though I’m not sure we should call her an angel because she does not have wings.

I don’t know if I will get the commission.  I do hope I do, as it will fulfill a deep desire in me that I have held for 30 years, but I think it is nice to know that this sculpture that I have loved has a special place in the heart of others as well.  I hope when I am gone, others will feel that way about the work I leave behind.


Bridgette Mongeon is a sculptor, writer, illustrator and educator as well as a public speaker.

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She is the vice chair of the planning committee for 3DCAMP Houston 2012

She is also the owner and creator of the God’s Word Collectible Sculpture series

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