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Crafting Sacred Art: the Making of a St. Michael Sculpture
HGH is currently in the midst of an exciting collaboration with The Catholic Cemeteries of Hamilton (Ontario) to deliver a series of sculptures for their cemeteries. Having worked with the Diocese previously, we were thrilled to get the call regarding this new project. For us, it’s a wonderful opportunity to blend our granite sourcing expertise […]
Your Complete Guide to Granite Maintenance and Repairs
Whether you’re a landscape architect, memorial artist, or a monument company working granite, you choose it because of its timeless beauty and durability of granite pieces. We get that completely. From awe-inspiring monuments to meaningful, elegant headstones and resilient public ‘carpets’ – see the ‘granite carpet’ at the Four Seasons’ Hotel, Toronto, below – granite […]
5 Ways We Work With Memorial Artists to Preserve Memories
In the world of public memorials, successful collaboration is the key to meaningful, beautiful pieces that stand the test of time – and become popular visit attractions. In this blog, we’re going to take a look at how we work with the different parties involved in the creation of a public memorial – whether that […]
Ottawa, Ontario - August 25, 2021: The Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne Park and exhibition grounds in Ottawa Ontario
What do the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Aberdeen Pavilion in Ottawa, Canada, the Taj Mahal, Stonehenge and the Statue of Liberty have in common? Aside from being iconic international landmarks that is. If you hadn’t already guessed, then let us shed some light: granite has played a key role in the construction of each […]
Our Work on the Landscape of Nations Memorial
We were honoured to work alongside landscape architect Tom Ridout in the creation of the Landscape of Nations memorial in Queenston Heights Park, Niagara on the Lake, Ontario, back in 2015. The large outdoor permanent installation is a living memorial dedicated to the contributions and sacrifices made by the Six Nations and Native Allies on […]
4 Key Challenges and 4 Big Wins of a Vietnam Memorial Project
As much as we wish we could say otherwise, not every project of ours has been delivered without a hitch. Case in point: the Cayuga County Vietnam Memorial, whose memorial concept was born almost four years before the memorial was eventually installed. This isn’t a usual turnaround time for a project. An average memorial project […]
Our Most Asked Questions About Cemetery Monument Installation
Cemetery monument installation is an important part of our work here at HGH and a specialised procedure that we’re often asked about. From traditional memorials to benches and multi-piece monuments, the scope of work we carry out varies greatly. So let’s get started with some of our most frequently asked questions. Is there a typical […]
Why Granite is the Perfect Material for Streetscape Artists
Granite has a romantic backstory. (And all artists love a romantic backstory!) Made up of quartz, mica and feldspar, it comes from crystallised magma cooled deep beneath the earth’s crust. While it’s under there, it’s heated and compressed to such a high pressure that it forms a super-strong interlocking structure – and it’s this that […]
Maanjidowin (The Gathering): A Closer Look
Client: David M. General Commissioned by: PortsToronto Location: Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, West Gap dock wall Testimonial: “The work that HGH Granite can produce fulfils my sense of Indigenous perspective and the relationship of our art to the land.” David General, Artist In this blog, we’re going to take a deep-dive into one of […]
Step by Step Guide to Choosing a Cemetery Memorial
A cemetery memorial is a lasting and unique way to remember the life of a loved one. They provide a place for people to reflect and grieve – and act as a physical reminder of the individual who has passed away. Choosing a memorial is a very personal and subjective experience and involves various parties […]