Graces Memorial Bench - CODAworx

Graces Memorial Bench

Submitted by Dave Gonzo Sculpture

Client: Harvey Scott Elementary

Location: Portland, OR, United States

Completion date: 2018

Artwork budget: $6,000

Project Team


Ben Hilder


Alison Justice


Dave Gonzo

Dave Gonzo Sculpture


Jim Schelifa


The wings are laser cut out in 3 pieces for each wing to get the color contrast, the bodies were shaped from 2-1/2″ pipe with the oxyacetylene torch with the head a 3″ sphere and welded up, sanded smooth and polished out for powder coating. The wings were bolted together and welded to the body. Her plaque was also laser cut out of copper which was then sealed in an epoxy resin and bolted on to the flat bar of the bench back. Assembly of her bench was done on sight and anchored to the concrete permanently.


The school wanted a place where students and teachers would have a place to sit to remember the joy and smiles that Grace brought to everyone who she interacted with. The goal of the design was to create something for Grace that represented who she was and the things that she loved most.


The process for the design of Graces bench started with a meeting involving the school counselor, Alison (Graces mother) and myself. Alison shared with me what happened with Grace along with all of the things that she loved the most (butterflies, kombucha, dark blue, pink and purple). After a few iterations and a computer rendering which was colored Graces colors Alison loved the piece and signed off on the design.