Frequently asked questions about The Military Diver Memorial®
Updated 9th November 2019
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 to a small degree, however with over half 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.
We are planning on a September 2021 unveiling date (VVIP availability depending) and confidence is high at the moment for achieving this.
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 initially is £2,995 plus insured shipping from the USA, these will be increasing in January 2020 in line with inflation
Import duty to the UK of £45 and VAT of £500 is included in this price, Import duty to other countries will be the responsibility of the customer as charged by the Country of residence.
Q. When will statuettes be delivered?
A. At the time of writing (9th November 2019), all pre-orders have now shipped and we are working on an expected delivery time of approx 8 weeks from time of order.
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. The unveiling date of the memorial is planned for September 2021, if statuette sales are not on track to achieve this, 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 publicised delivery date however 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