The path of life is mapped but may not be visible to the eyes of you and I. If offered a chance to see the road ahead, would we chose to know or would we allow life to unveil itself daily? It’s food for thought, especially when we look back on life’s journey; the crossroads, the highways and byways, the avenues and cold-de-sacs.
Three years ago, a late colleague alerted me to the unveiling of a Sikh soldier in the neighbouring area of Smethwick. He was emphatic that I participated in the ceremony and felt that I would benefit from exposure to the planning and coordination of the undertaking. Additionally, he saw an opportunity for me to interact with various individuals from the community.
Heeding his advice, I attended the event where I met the statue’s creator, Luke Perry. I congratulated him for the outstanding lifelike representation of the gallant men who so bravely fought to secure peace for our nation.
At the conclusion of our brief encounter Luke gave me his business card which I dutifully added to my collection. Three years later an idea began to form in my mind that required a sculpture. I immediately remembered Luke and raced to find his card from our previous encounter.
The map of life dictated that I find Luke’s card and then I pondered for a few days whether or not to call him. I did eventually and an amazing sequence of events ensued.