Hands of the Funeral Family.

Hands of the Funeral Family

Field review by the editors.

Louisville, Kentucky

For generations, A.D. Porter and Sons has been one of the most popular funeral homes in Louisville. When its reigning patriarch, Woodford Porter, died in 2006, his son "Woody" decided that the family needed a suitable grave memorial. The unusual result features Woody's name prominently -- even though he isn't dead -- with a pair of large bronze hands rising from the top of the granite monument, as if they are reaching for the heavens, or erupting out of a fresh-dug grave.

The hands are rendered dramatically -- not comforting or vigorous, but ropy and cadaverous, reminding us of the Robert Berks "mud monster" style of figurative sculpture.

Also see: Cave Hill Cemetery

Hands of the Funeral Family

Cave Hill Cemetery

701 Baxter Ave., Louisville, KY
From the Cave Hill Cemetery main entrance, at the corner of Baxter Ave. and E. Broadway, follow the road with the solid line into the cemetery for a little over a mile. When the lined road veers sharply left, continue straight into Sections 38/39. Drive another third of a mile. As the road loops left, look to the right. You'll see the Hands tombstone.
Daily 8-4:45. Gated after hours. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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