Art ~ Memorial Angel at Swan Point Cemetery ~ Providence

I've written about Swan Point Cemetery before. Bear and I have been there several times. I have a... fascination? appreciation? for cemetery art, and how people memorialize their loved ones.

I found this piece particularly interesting. Like most funerary art, there's no artist's mark visible, so I knew almost nothing about it until the quote below appeared on Pinterest.
Cement angel

"Swan Point Cemetery, Providence, RI. As it happens, I can add information about this angel. She was created in concrete by my great aunt Mabel "Mabs" Gardner, for the grave of her parents. Mabs was a woman rather ahead of her time. She and my grandmother attended what became the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. She later went to serve with the Red Cross in France during WWI, and eventually became an expatriate living in a studio in Paris, carving and casting figures. (Forest Rogers)"
Clearly Mabs' parents lived in Rhode Island, but I don't know enough about them to do much more research. A Google search for "Mabel "Mabs" Gardner artist" brought only obituaries in the UK from 2011.

Forest Rogers is an artist, himself. He has a blog where he shared another piece of artwork done by his aunt Mabs. Like the angel, it's serene and lovely.


I'd love to know more about Mabs and her artwork, but it's nice to know we have some of it here, and it's still standing guard for her parents.

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