Milano Monuments won the Best Small Monument award in Monument Builders of North America’s (MBNA) 2012 National Design Contest this past month. The award was presented at a recent Joint Annual Meeting held in conjunction with the California Monument Association (CMA) and the Pacific Northwest Monument Builders Association (PNMBA) held at the Bahia Resort and Hotel in San Diego, California.
For their Best Small Monument entry, Milano Monuments designed a boulder with a sawed, polished front that matched the natural setting for the placement of the memorial by Shaker Lakes in Shaker Heights, Ohio. The hand-etched scene produced by Milano’s reknowned artist, Peter Viyuk, depicts the deceased at the top of a mountain he had climbed before his passing. His favorite poem is on the left. The design was judged on elements of proportion, balance and the story the monument conveys.
“We were thrilled to win this award,” said Jim Milano, president of Milano Monuments. “The story behind the memorial is a touching one and the family was elated with the way we captured the spirit of their son in the etching. We’re always proud to be able to not only please our customers but to have the opportunity to do creative, impactful work.”