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.

 

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

memorialization.

 

For more photos and videos of the unveiling visit:

http://komonews.com/sports/mariners/ken-griffey-jr-statue-to-be-unveiled-outside-safeco-field

Posted by afortosis@pattenmonument.com at 8:43 AM

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