In looking at it, one might conclude that it's a completed masterpiece. However, the assumption would be far from reality for the 'Forever In The Clouds' sculpture, the monument hailing back to the plane crash at the Estevan Airport in 1947 that took the lives of 21 airmen.

Ideally, all 21 faces would be carved into the wood by craftsman Darren Jones with his chainsaw, but due to the passing of time and history, photographic records of the individuals are difficult to track down and only 17 were initially installed.

Jones at work sanding the sculpture.

Recently, however, Leonard Edgar and Bill Weiber's faces were discovered and their likeness carved into the wood of the monument, bringing the number up to 19 of the 21 men.

"Whenever you put this much energy into one project, it's really nice to see it finished. As soon as I learned that they found two faces, I came down this summer to put them in. I drove 11 hours to be here," stated Jones.

"It's long term investment, because this will last a very, very long time. I'm also able to give back to their families and to the community. This is an important part of history, what happened here, and I really don't want these fellows forgotten."

Those involved in the project are actively on the hunt for the final two faces so the sculpture can be completed.

While the monument, since it's construction, has been located at the Estevan Airport, it was moved to Lester Hinzman's yard south of town so Jones would have an easy spot to work out of. Coincidentally or not so coincidentally, it currently rests in the vicinity of the ill-fated aircraft's crash site, near the former location of the Estevan South Airport.

Leonard Edgar 

Bill Weiber

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