Gifts Today magazine

Enesco remembers fallen war heroes

Contemporary gift-giving company donates 10% of profit made from the sale of its Willow Tree figurine, Hero in the run up to Armistice Day on 11 November

Based in Carlisle, the contemporary gift and homeware company will donate £2.60 from every sale of Hero to Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life. The charitable move is to help support the museum in bringing the past to life, so that visitors can remember those who have sacrificed their lives or suffered as a result of war, while serving to protect our country.

Standing at 24cm tall, the ornament shows a female figure holding a folded patriotic flag in her arms, clutching it close to her chest. Hero silently but beautifully captures the pain of losing a loved one to warfare. Presented in a branded gift box with a tag which reads, 'Hero, we honour thee, keeping safe your memory', artist Lordi said of the piece of art:

“I carved this memorial in dedication to those who have suffered a loss in the service of others. I want to quietly honour the courage of the hero who has died, and the everyday courage of the hero who is left...”

Like all Willow Tree figurines, Lordi hand-carves the original figure from her studio in Kansas City, Missouri. The pieces are then cast from her original carvings, with the faceless figurines communicating their expression through gesture only. A simple tilt of the head or placement of hand allows the sculptures to speak in quiet ways.

Hero is available to buy and stock from Enesco, and it is hoped that retailers will support the charitable move of the gift and homeware company, in remembering the fallen and those who are left behind.

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