Bobby’s original idea was to use unpainted iron, which would weather and tarnish over time.
After Bobby drew the pattern, it was cut out of iron by Don Hearn at Desert Graphics Inc. The Purple Heart was installed without paint and remained that way until everyone agreed that a coat of paint would make it more visible in front of the rock.
Jia Apple of Haole Tita Art was called in for the job, and applied the appropriate colors using her deft painter’s hand.
End result – great looking, impossible to miss, and a fitting tribute to an esteemed decoration!