via (Kevin) Austin Studios
Carved from a single block of lime stone that stands 8' high and 6' wide, this is the kind of marker that defines an institution and a city. It was an honor to carve with this company, and to gain some insight into what is meant by the term monument.
The original model is copied in plaster for use as reference in carving, and a copy is scanned and used to guide a 5-axis router which bulks out the stone. The center image is what the 5-axis returns, and from there out the carving is done by hand with pneumatic chisels. My contribution to this project was mold making and carving, primarily on the cornucopias.
Five men spend many weeks carving and finishing the stone. The cornucopia tips are carved separately and allowed a mortar joint, otherwise the stone is all of a piece. Kevin's shop also produced three marble relief scenes for the lobby of the hospital.