Photography by Christopher Gabello
Aberdeen Asset Management (“Aberdeen”) has gifted a granite stone from the heart of Royal Deeside in Scotland to the Queen Elizabeth II Garden at Hanover Square in New York City. The stone and its plinth are one of the new features in the garden which will be formally opened tomorrow (Tuesday 6 July 2010) by Her Majesty The Queen. The granite stone replicates the 22 to 26 pound “Braemar” stone which is thrown at Highland Games across Scotland and the world.
The Aberdeen Braemar stone is supported by a specially carved limestone square pyramid plinth which shows the distance from New York City to Aberdeen, Scotland – 3281 miles. Queen Elizabeth II Garden was created to honour the memories of the 67 British subjects who lost their lives in the World Trade Centre attacks on September 11 2001. The garden, situated in Lower Manhattan, also celebrates the historic ties of friendship between the U.S and the UK and aims to bring British heritage and arts initiatives to the community and city of New York.
Gary Marshall, Aberdeen’s Head of Americas says,
"Queen Elizabeth II Garden is a symbol of shared sacrifice and celebrates the common links between Britain and the U.S which are deeply entwined. We at Aberdeen are proud to be a corporate supporter of the Queen Elizabeth II Garden - and to have a permanent reminder of our connections across the Atlantic. We chose a Braemar stone to symbolise the enduring strength of Scottish and British friendship towards the U.S.A.
No one will ever forget the loss of so many innocent people; including the 67 Britons. This sculpture symbolises that they all remain in our thoughts, but that we also look forward to building upon the bond between our two countries.” .
The garden reflects the whole of Britain in its design; with City of London style bollards, paving quarried in Scotland and Wales and benches produced in England which were completed in Northern Ireland. The Garden was designed by Isabel and Julian Bannerman, leading British landscape architects best known for their work for HRH The Prince of Wales and the horticulture was adapted by Lynden B. Miller for the New York City climate. British sculptor Simon Verity undertook the stone carving of the county map of Great Britain.
Aberdeen Asset Management is only one of the many supporters of the multi million dollar capital improvement project that has been supporting the Queen Elizabeth II Garden. Donations have been received from foundations, individuals and corporations. Information on how to donate to the Garden can be found at www.britishgarden.org.