Guardian Musical

Love and protect thee, forever
Music and movement transform this full-scale, beloved figure. The hand-painted base elevates the figure while it turns beautifully to the classic Brahms' "Lullaby". “Guardian represents the overwhelming feelings of motherhood, and the desire to protect your new baby forever. The image of an infant cradled closely in her mother’s arms is a symbol of the tremendous feelings of love a mother experiences when holding her new child. This figure could suggest a guardian spirit of protection. She could also be comforting to someone who has lost a child; a reminder of the love and caring a mother always feels, regardless of where her child is. I used the word ‘thee’ in the sentiment as an intimate way of talking to an infant. I think the word has a poetic sound and shows reverence and tenderness. It’s the sort of word reserved for someone you love..”–Susan Lordi
This musical gift would make a meaningful New Baby or Mother’s Day gift, or a special way to commemorate baptism and recognize godparents. Guardian can also be a healing remembrance or memorial piece.
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  • 8.5”h hand-painted resin musical. Rotates and plays Brahms' ”Lullaby”
  • Packaging box includes enclosure card for gift-giving
  • Dust with soft cloth or soft brush. Avoid water or cleaning solvents.
Our Story
Willow Tree sculptural art forms beautifully express love, closeness, healing, courage, hope… all the emotions of a life well lived. Artist Susan Lordi hand carves the original of each figure from her studio in Kansas City Missouri. Pieces are cast from her original carvings, and individually painted by hand. Expression is revealed through gestures only… a tilt of the head, placement of the hands, a turn of the body. The simplicity of form and absence of facial features signify Willow Tree. It is Susan’s hope that these pieces be meaningful to both giver and receiver.
The Artist

Susan Lordi

Susan Lordi has a keen observation of the human form. Inspired by dance, art history, nature, and personal experiences with family and friends, Susan uses figurative sculpture to reflect our relationship with people and the world around us. In additi on to working in sculpture, Susan has spent years making art with cloth. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Textile Design and her fiber art has been exhibited internationally. A monograph of her art textiles has been published in the Portfolio Colle ctionby Telos Art Publishing and she is featured in the book Art Textiles of the World: USA.

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  • Brisbane, Australia

    Posted by Lauren on Apr 7th 2014

    My best friend fell pregnant last year, around the end of July/ beginning of August. On December 23, she went in to have an ultrasound to find out the sex of the baby. It was a girl! So much excitement resonated the walls of that room, as she already had a boy, only for things to take a turn for the worst. Upon examination, they determined that the baby had what is called Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH) and some of her organs had protruded into the diaphragm, causing issues with lung growth. For the next several months, my friend underwent several tests, had to see specialists, and was told she would have to deliver in another state. With a CDH baby, initially, there is a 50/50 chance of survival. The cases are all different and depend upon the severity. At 33 weeks, she started to go into premature labor. Medications were given and she was transferred twice, until she met her final destination at Children's Hospital in Cincinnati. Labor continued, and she was on medications to stop it until it just couldn't be put off anymore. On April 4th, she had her last dose of a labor deterring medication, and on the morning of April 5th, her water broke. At 1:35 pm, she delivered a beautiful baby girl via c-section. They put the baby on an oscillator, and into the NICU she went. My friend went to her recovery room. Upon further examination, it was found that the left lung and heart had developed so very little that they did not function properly and the right lung wasn't strong enough to sustain much either. At 6:38 pm, 5 hours and 3 minutes after she was born, my best friend had to make a choice that no parent should have to make. She selflessly let got of her baby girl, knowing that she wasn't going to get better in time and would become an angel, whether she wanted to let her go or not. She stopped her from suffering any further. I was looking for something that reached out to her, and I found this. This is beautiful and speaks to me for her on so many levels. I can only hope that it speaks to her as well. I want to raise awareness for this horrible monster of a disease, known as CDH. No child should have to suffer through it and neither should a parent.

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