Joshua Tilden

Joshua is a stonemason at Rookwood General Cemetery with over 15 years of experience. He teaches Certificate III in Stonemasonry (Monumental/Installation) at Miller TAFE.

Standout projects that Josh has worked on include the Queen Victoria Building, Eye Hospital Sydney, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, and numerous buildings and churches with Jasper Swann and Public Works.

About the work

I chose to create a gargoyle for my entry because, despite having worked on a large number of sandstone buildings within Sydney over the years, I have never had the chance to create one. The Frazer Mausoleum, an iconic vault in Rookwood, provided inspiration for my carving.

The block of stone I was assigned had excellent potential for a gargoyle, with perpendicular running sediment grain.