Hero, we honor thee, keeping safe your memory
"I carved this memorial in dedication to those who have suffered a loss in the service of others. I want to quietly honor the courage of the hero who has died, and the everyday courage of the hero who is left. This patriot’s grief is to be honored as well. There are other figures in the marketplace about patriotism and honor, but I wanted to create one that acknowledged personal loss. Hero is a melancholy piece. I see it as very much a memorial. On a very personal level, keeping safe your memory is an intimate promise made to one who is gone ... I hope the gesture of her embrace reflects some of these ideas.” –Susan Lordi
A gift to express sympathy, comfort, remembrance and healing.
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  • 9.5”h hand-painted resin figure
  • 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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  • Birmingham, AL

    Posted by Gregory on Apr 9th 2017

    I wanted this piece because I am an American, but I wanted it mainly because I support this country that we call The United States of America. My father served for this country as well as my grandfather, and I have served for this country because I believe in what this country stands for no matter who or what is in charge of it. I will defend this country no matter how old or sick I get and until the day that I die. I also support the men and women of law enforcement who protect the laws of the land, and this piece is the most precious piece I have ever owned. I thank my husband for gifting it to me this year on our 2nd wedding anniversary.

  • Cape Town, South Africa

    Posted by Eva Savage on Apr 30th 2015

    May 12, 2004 My hero was killed in Ramadi Iraq. He was my oldest son. This was the most horrific day of my life and I continue to struggle as the Angelversary draws near. This piece I happened to see online and loved its simplicity and yet it spoke volumes at the same time.

  • Midlothian ( Dallas( Texas

    Posted by Louella Zurcher on Apr 25th 2015

    I had been looking for just this special piece because it represents so much to me. My husband of just 7 years passed away suddenly in January 2015. He was a Vietnam Veteran and so we had a veteran's service for him. This piece will always remind me of being given the American Flag that was draped across his casket. Though it was a truly sad moment it also has great meaning to me to know that he represented his country to protect us all and therefore was always there to protect myself and his family. I have several pieces of Willow tree and each one represents something in my life. Each one is so special. Thank you for each of my pieces; they are cherished.

  • janesville

    Posted by Mary Plante on Apr 21st 2013

    My Father, who served in the Korean War, just passed away April 7th. During the service, there was a 21 gun salute, and a flag was draped over his casket. When I saw this figurine, I knew it must be added to my collection, in remembrance of him. Each time I look at "Hero", it reminds me of how sweet my father was and how much I admired what he did for his country. The flag was presented to my brother, but I did at least get my picture taken with it. Thank you for making this piece. It really is very special.

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