iPod touching tribute celebrates life of teen crash victim
Fri, 12 Jul 2013 23:49:48 GMT —
Gavin Roskamp was a tech-savvy 16-year-old with his very own YouTube channel.
When he died in 2011, it was important to his family that he be remembered for the person he was.
"He was fun loving and he really did live every day to it's fullest, and we're just trying to remember to do that ourselves now, as hard as that is as the parents of child who left us too soon. It's important to continue to move forward and try live the life he would have lived," Gavin's mother Debra Roskamp said.
His headstone, designed by Harrison Monuments, replicates an iPod, complete with a docking station. Click here for more photos of the moving tribute from Harrison Monuments Facebook page.
The apps on the front commemorate different milestones in Gavin's life ... events such as his baptism, prom and relations to his family.
"It's been a lot of fun to just show the technology that was important to Gavin. He did a lot of YouTube videos and it was always technology. He was definitely headed that way and Steve Jobs was a huge impact on his life," Debra Roskamp explained.
The lead designer for the project knew when talking to the family, that this headstone was going to capture many of the special moments in Gavin's life.
"I want to do something special. So I always just look for that. It's like I see it, and I can believe it already, I can envision the monument. I saw the monument finished in my head. And when I told the family, and I saw their eyes light up, I knew we were doing it, I knew we could it for them," Harrison Monuments designer Charlie Martin said.
"When you have a monument, you have a dash, and there's even a poem, that's written about the dash. That's your life," Marin said. "Here's when you're born, and here's when you died, and it's not about that. It's about what happened in the middle. So that little dash, this monument, is taking that dash and expanding it. It's the macro and the micro of the dash, the view of the dash."
The headstone also has a QR code that visitors with a smart phone can access.
After scanning the code, you are taken to a website dedicated to Gavin's interests and life.
Click here to visit that site.