Michael Maiden - bronze  sculptures

The End of The Day

Roslyn Miner

 

The End of The Day - Roslyn Miner - Bronze monument by Michael Maiden

 

Installed in the Roslyn, WA

 
 

In designing the monument, Mike's task was to honor those who lived through and those who were injured or killed working in the coal mines of Roslyn. He began his research in the small museum in Roslyn, reviewing old photography and speaking to residents whose fathers, uncles and grandfathers worked the mines. It was his challenge to discover the most significant characteristic that existed during the mining period and after, and identify the most appropriate form for the monument to take.  

The unveiling of End of the Day was an emotional experience for everyone involved. Tears were shed by many, especially the surviving miners and those people who lost fathers and friends during Roslyn's mining years. It was a solemn event, held mostly in silence, as the new memorial brought a sense of closure, appreciation and legacy where none had existed before. Some felt they had lost loved ones for nothing; a dangerous occupation having consumed so many of its workers without meaning. End of the Day took a part of the town's past, held it out for everyone to see, and paid silent tribute to the family history of Roslyn, Washington.

 
 

The End of The Day - Roslyn Miner - Bronze monument by Michael Maiden

The End of The Day - Roslyn Miner - Bronze monument by Michael Maiden

The End of The Day - Roslyn Miner - Clay model by Michael Maiden

The End of The Day - Roslyn Miner - Wax model by Michael Maiden