Frequently asked questions about The Military Diver Memorial®
Updated 23rd December 2021
Q. How will the Military Diver Memorial® be funded?
A. Rather than the traditional route of just asking for donations, the memorial will be funded in its entirety by the sale of 300 x Limited Edition, Bronze on Granite Exact Replica Statuettes. In this way, generous benefactors will be rewarded with a stunning piece of certified fine art. This was the same approach taken for the highly successful MkV Monument (Jake) in the USA which was delivered on time and within budget.
Q. When will the memorial be unveiled?
A. Depending on how quickly the 300 statuettes sell will influence the unveiling date COVID, unfortunately, affected our original plans, however with nearly two-thirds of the statuettes now sold we are confident that the remainder will sell quickly. In fact, with the previous MkV Monument replicas actually appreciating in value (over 100%), we expect demand for No 2 in the series to be even greater.
Q. How large are the statues?
A. Each statue will be approx 54cm (over 21") including the granite base. approx 20KG (44lbs) in weight. (to put this in context the average 5 year old weighs just 17KG!!)
Q. Are these made out of resin?
A. Absolutely not, these are highly detailed bronze metal statues, cast by the same fine art foundry that is on contract to deliver the full-size memorial.
Q. How much will a statuette cost?
A. The sale price of each statuette is £3,500 plus insured shipping from the USA. Import duty to the UK of £45 and VAT of £500 IS included in this price.
(PLEASE NOTE - as detailed in the VAT and Import policy, the import duty and/or VAT to countries other than the UK will be the responsibility of the customer as charged by the Country of residence.
Q. When will statuettes be delivered?
A. We are currently holding a small stock in hand so 7-12 days from payment is normal, however if that stock is depleted the statuettes actually take approx 12 weeks to produce.
Q. Who is the sculptor who has been commissioned to complete this work?
A. The sculptor commissioned to produce the Military Diver Memorial® is the same extremely talented artist Greg Polutanovich who produced the Mk V Monument for the US Armed Forces.
In an amazing career working in the Hollywood film industry through to sculpting American Presidents, he is most famous for his native American and Wild West bronze work. We are so lucky that he was able to fit this commission into his busy workload, you can see some of his other amazing work at www.dramaticbronzes.com
Q. What happens if all 300 statuettes don’t sell?
A. Whilst we are extremely confident that a piece of fine art of this standard will be appreciated and sell quickly, we have to be pragmatic and plan for all eventualities. If statuette sales are not forthcoming, a decision will be taken to introduce other product lines with funds donated to the project to enable this. We are fully committed to this project and the unveiling of this memorial however, as with all projects this is subject to change due to events outside of our control.
Q. I already own a MkV statuette and would like to purchase the same limited edition number, is this possible?
A. All limited edition numbers are available for sale, they will be allocated on a first come first served basis so the advice is to place your order early to avoid disappointment.
Q. Why was the National Memorial Arboretum (NMA) decided upon to site this memorial?
A. With 150 acres of space and a variety of over 300 memorials already in place, the NMA is establishing itself as the centre of reflection and military tributes in the country. It has good transport links and is centrally located to enable as many people as possible to visit the memorial.
Q. How are the statuettes made?
A. There is a walkthrough of the process on the Monument Projects Ltd website: www.monumentprojects.com
Q. Has COVID 19 affected the project?
A. It is safe to say the COVID Pandemic has affected all projects to some degree, whilst we have seen sales diminish through the worst of the lockdown we are starting to see interest resuming as we return to some degree of normality. We are still committed to unveiling this long-awaited memorial as soon as we can.