In my nomadic travels, I check out local cemeteries. When in the Black Hills of South Dakota, I stopped at the Hill City cemetery. Finding the contemplative seated figure marking a grave was most unusual.
The statue marked the grave of a man who died in his 30s. There was no indication for a reason for the statue.
No doubt there is a story behind the statue. Could it have been a request of the deceased. Was it a commentary by the deceased's survivors. Was the guy a sculptor. Is there a philosophical message. Perhaps the statue awaits the resurrection. Or is it Rodin's The Thinker and nothing more.
Any other thoughts from creative readers why a statue keeps watch at the grave site.