As we wanted to add some visitors to our cemetery, for 2011 we decided to create a woman mourner to cry over her dear lost loved one. What you see is a mysterious cloked woman kneeling at a stone bench in the cemetery. Her hands clasp a chain with 2 wedding bands as she looks on to her loved one's tombstone. She cries over and over, lifting her head and then lowering it as her sadness overcomes her.|
This was my wife's idea which together we brought to life. We call her Lillian Grace, the "Weeping Widow".
The structure for her is just PVC pipe, 1-1/2", 3/4" and 1/2". The motor is a Christmas reindeer motor that reverses direction when stopped. This enabled the widow to have a more interesting motion with her head lowering, raising back slightly, and then lowering again before raising again. The PVC frame slips over rebar in the ground.
To the back of the PVC frame I cutout a piece of plywood and then built up a mass of expanding foam. From the foam I carved a more realistic backside of her torso to fill out the cloak. I recessed an opening to go around the motor/PVC movement mechanism. I zip-tied the plywood foam to the PVC frame. A stryofoam head was used, and the female closed hands were purchased from www.ghostride.com. We bought the cloak on eBay from the seller Sewfits which seemed to be a good value. You can also contact them at www.sewfits.com.
Lastly the bench was made from some leftover 2" Dow RS Styrofoam. The same blue foam used for making the tombstones.
Click for a video of the Weeping Widow...
Here are photos of the build and completed project...