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  • K Brackett

    "This beautiful sculpture is called “Asleep” and was created by artist Peter Shipperheyn for the grave site of his friend Laurence Matheson. The sculpture was done upon request of Mr. Matheson’s widow, as a symbol of her undying love for her late husband." - a very real and graceful depiction of her devotion to him. I love how her hand grips the edge of the stone.

  • Artstrada Magazine

    see 12 Strange and Bizarre Gravestones http://www.cremationresource.org/headstones/12-strange-and-bizarre-gravestones.html [SPECIAL SERIES] *dead stop* A SUMMER ROAD TRIP TO STRANGE, FUNNY, HISTORIC AND NOTABLE GRAVESITES AND CEMETERIES ACROSS AMERICA. http://www.npr.org/series/153636511/dead-stop 10 Fascinating Graveyards You Must See http://listverse.com/2009/03/21/10-fascinating-graveyards-you-must-see/

  • Lisa Learmonth

    “Asleep”, the marble gravestone of Laurence Matheson (1930-1987), sculpted at the request of his widow by artist Peter Shipperheyn. Located in the Mount Macedon Cemetery of Victoria, Australia. A very real and graceful depiction of a widow's devotion to her lost husband. Look how the figure's hand gently grips the edge of the tomb. Heartbreaking and romantic.

  • Melody Laudermilk-Stiak

    "This beautiful sculpture is called “Asleep” and was created by artist Peter Shipperheyn for the grave site of his friend Laurence Matheson. The sculpture was done upon request of Mr. Matheson’s widow, as a symbol of her undying love for her late husband." located in the Mount Macedon Cemetery of Victoria, Australia.

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