Paye Stonework and Restoration Ltd, the contractors for the memorial to the dead in the Iraq, Afghanistan and Gulf conflicts chose stoneCIRCLE to produce the monument. The mammoth structure was designed by Paul Day, a well-known sculptor who also produced the monument for the Battle of Britain. It commemorates both military and civilian deaths in the regions . It was unveiled on 9th March and is situated in Victoria Embankment Gardens near the MoD building.
The monument was produced in Jordans Basebed Portland Stone and is composed of 10 blocks, the largest of which weighed 7000kg each. In fact they were so heavy that stoneCIRCLE's lifting equipment could not cope with them and we had to buy in a 15 tonne crane to help with the job. The crane now makes life much easier for the team that unloads the delivery lorries. The stone is smooth and lettered on the back and front but rough hewn on the fourth side, which the artist says reflects the harsh, dry, rocky and difficult terrains of the two countries as well as suggesting that the outcome of the campaigns is still not fully resolved and there remain divisions among the public about them.
The production process meant that once the blocks were rough cut, the monument was dry built in the yard around a stainless steel frame, so that the edges could be pitched by hand to match the artist's requirements.
Once finished it was dismantled and collected for delivery to the site where Paye Stonework and Restoration re-erected it.