Remembering the light: Local artist creates sculpture in memory of Kylen Schulte and Crystal Turner

The two women were murdered in the La Sal Mountains this past summer.

(Michael Hallberg | For Moab Sun News) The partially-completed sculpture was displayed at a September memorial service for Kylen Schulte and Crystal Turner. The finished sculpture will be mounted on a pedestal and have a patina finish and an additional piece of azurite.

“When I looked at Kylen and Crystal’s pictures, there was so much light and beauty coming out of their eyes—such purity of love,” said Ekaterina Tatarovich.

That’s what the La Sal-based artist tried to capture, creating a memorial sculpture for Kylen Schulte and Crystal Turner, who were murdered in the La Sal Mountains this past summer. The metal sculpture forms a sunflower and a rose wrapped around each other as though in an embrace, representing the married couple. According to family and friends, the sunflower was Schulte’s favorite blossom, and the rose was Turner’s.

Tatarovich had the piece partially completed in time for a memorial service held for the women in September. The sculpture will be installed in the Grand County Public Library early in 2022.

To read more about the sculpture, visit Moab Sun News.

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