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McElwee-Stewart-Carr Cemetery

James McElwee, a Revolutionary War hero, and his wife, Rhoda Black, first settled this farm property in 1832. McElwee and his 12 grandchildren are buried on the property in the McElwee-Stewart-Carr Cemetery.

Henry Anthony Lay (1941-2000), an alumnus of Saint Louis University School of Law, purchased the property in May 1996.

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Cemetery Entrance Sign

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Cemetery Entrance

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Grave Marker for James McElwee

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Grave Marker for Henry Lay

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Grave Markers in the McElwee-Stewart-Carr Cemetery

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Lee C. Imonen
United States

Refuge
fir, steel
1998

Process, Form, Structure
It is the act of making which motivates my sculptural work and is the center of my creative interests. The evidences left through tool marks reflect the history of the piece and in turn, document my interaction with the work itself. My love of material and of discovering it anew through its physical exploration, help to define my own place in the history of woodworking and shapes my understanding of form.

I am a maker, a worker. My pieces are constructions, put together or changed. These structured changes result in forms which should reflect my effort, and somehow chronicle its stages. Through my driving interest in the process of making, the history of using tools and the evidence which remains, I attempt to develop forms which define their own space and engage the viewer to involve themselves in the piece. The viewer is forced to interact with the work in their own way. By visually involving themselves, peering into, moving around; they are able to continue a physical relationship with the work. This relationship was begun by the maker, and should speak equally of the nature of wood, as well as, my own sculptor’s voice. It is this shared identity, between maker and material, that I celebrate in my sculpture.

Higher purpose. Greater good.
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