Written in Stone

An informative perspective of remembering and celebrating those who have come before us.

Why do we build monuments?




Why do we Build Monuments?


Why is the desire to build monuments so strong and lasting? What in us sparks the desire

or need to build monuments? The easy answer comes from the word itself, Monument.

The origin of the word comes from a Latin/ French word “Monere”, which means to remind.

For thousands of years’ humans have had the desire to be remembered. Inherently,

those left after a death take on the role of memorializing the deceased. We do this as

a reminder to present and future generations of the life and accomplishments of an

individual, society, or nation.



“A monument, great or small, frail or enduring, is nothing more than the thoughtful

act of one man or group, to perpetuate the memory of loved ones who preceded them.

Thus, a monument is nothing more than a lasting way to say I care”.

– Monument Builders of North America


The monument has great psychological benefit also. A monument gives someone a

place to come, visit, grieve, and remember the dead. Without a place to go, a loved

one often struggles to grieve properly. Unhealthy mourning can result in get strain on

the human body, much less emotional and psychological health. 


The desire to be remember is a natural human response. To allow the lessons and

experiences of your own life to mean something to future generations is an innate

desire. Building monuments creates an everlasting object symbolizing the life and

accomplishments of an individual, bringing meaning and understanding to future

generations of those who have come before. Take some time to walk through your

local cemetery, take in the history and remember those who have come before us

have made today what it is.


Serene Cemetery

Serene Cemetery1

Serene Cemetery2


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Laws, D. (1993). Monument Industry Certification Manual (5th ed., Vol. 2). Evanston, IL: Monument Builders of North America.

Clemence, S. (2016, October 21). These Are the 12 Most Beautiful Cemeteries in the World. Retrieved April 18, 2017, from https://www.bloomberg.com/news/photo-essays/2016-10-21/these-are-the-12-most-beautiful-cemeteries-in-the-world

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Ken Griffey Jr.

Ken Griffey Jr


Over the past 4 months, Lou Cella at Timeless Creations along with Patten Monument, have been

working on a statue project for the MLB team Seattle Mariners, a tribute to Ken Griffey Jr. Today

all the efforts made by Patten Monument and Timeless Creations have come to fruition, the statue

is being unveiled. Below is a step by step process of the statue base, from Quarry to Installation.


The granite base was quarried out of Alberton, Georgia.


 Keystone Quarry

Keystone Quarry


The raw block is then taken to the quarries fabrication facilities and cut down to the desired size.

Blocks of granite are generally cut down using large diamond coated saw blades or diamond wire

saws. Often blocks are then polished to reach their final surface texture. On the block used for this

base, polish was unnecessary as we are using a smooth but unpolished surface on the block.

Following the fabrication in Georgia, the block is sent by truck to our facilities in Comstock Park, MI. 


Griffey Granite Block


Once the block arrived here it was unloaded and inspected for flaws and inconsistencies. Around

the time of the arrival our layout department prepares the lettering and wording specified by the

Mariners cut into a rubber stencil. The stencil is applied to the four sides of the base and the

letters are removed to expose the raw stone. The block is moved into our sandblasting room,

where it is shot with abrasive particles that erode the exposed granite (letters) carving into the

stone a permanent tribute.


Rubber Stencil

Sand Blast room


After sandblasting all four sides the rubber stencil is removed and the block is cleaned. We

inspect the work and prepare the block for the test fitting of the statue. Everything fit correctly and

the block and statue are ready to be shipped to Seattle. 


Test Fit


The statue was publicly unveiled Thursday April 13th in front of hundreds of Mariners and Griffey

Jr. Fans. Ken Griffey Jr. and family were on hand for the unveiling.



Ken Griffey with Statue

Artistic Statue

Sand Blasted Side1

Sand Blasted Side2

Griffey Jr

Posing for a Photo


Patten Monument is proud to have worked on this project, to continue our passion in permanent



For more photos and videos of the unveiling visit:


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Beneath the City of Lights

Catacombs Sign


Beneath the City of Lights


Beneath the City of Lights lies 200 miles of 13th Century tunnels. Tunnels that once bustled with

activity from miners extracting limestone blocks; blocks used to build the major European hub 60

feet above, Paris. These tunnels sat empty into the 1700's, but toward the end of the century 

that would change. These same Tunnels today are one of the most visited tourist sites in Paris, The



By the time the 17th century was closing, Paris had a quickly compounding problem.

The European hub had become highly populated very rapidly. Larger populations inherently

come with a higher quantity of deaths and need for burial.  For centuries, the traditional urban

burial would take place in the churchyard. However, after centuries of burials, placing thousands

of bodies in these landlocked churchyards; there was nowhere else to go except vertical.

Historical descriptions depict some church yards growing by 20 feet vertically against the

outside of the church. By the 1760’s it had become clear that something with burials had to



In 1763, the first step was taken to change how burials were handled. Louis XV declared

no burials were to be allowed within the city limits of Paris. This prevented the problem from

growing, but the existing situation had gone too far.


In the Spring of 1780, a prolonged rainy season caused a horrific event at Les Innocents.

Les Innocents was a 4th century burial ground active for more than 10 decades. It is estimated

that the grounds were the final resting place of an estimated 6 million people. During an

extensive spring rain, a wall surrounding the burial grounds collapse, spilling remains onto

neighboring property. This was the last straw, officials were forced to develop a solution to this

horrific problem. Over the next several years’ officials sought to find a solution. In 1786 With no

other viable options, steps were taken to relocate all bodies from the burial grounds in Paris, to

the limestone tunnels under the city. An estimated 6-7 million unknown skeletal remains and

bodies were moved to what is now known as The Catacombs,  


Today only a small portion of the tunnels are open to the public, but even in that small

percentage of the catacombs you can grasp the magnitude of the project that took place.


Catacombs Sign

Map of the catacombs


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Taylor, T. (2001). FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE: CEMETERY HISTORY. Retrieved February 23, 2017, from http://www.prairieghosts.com/grave_history.html ISBN: 1892523124 Beyond the Grave

Nechvatal, J. (2016, March 18). Connecting with Humanity in the Paris Catacombs. Retrieved March 22, 2017, from http://hyperallergic.com/284198/connecting-with-humanity-in-the-paris-catacombs/

Waddell, J. (1970, January 01). Haunted Paris Catacombs, the City of Bones Retrieved March 22, 2017, from http://jesslb6.blogspot.com/2015/04/haunted-paris-catacombs-city-of-bones.html


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