LEWIS MARNELL'S TOP 11
When we turned Lewis pro, we sent out a press release package to shops with photos, videos, a letter from Daewon about Lewis, a t-shirt, and a mix cd that Lewis put together of his top 12. We were going through our archive hard drive and found the mix cd, but only just realized that there were actually only 11 songs on the cd. Here are the 11 songs off of Lewis' top 12 mix.
“LEWIS WAS A BRILLIANT ARTIST AND ATHLETE NOT TO MENTION A TRULY BEAUTIFUL SOUL. WE LOVED HIM AND HIS CONTRIBUTIONS TO SKATING, AND WE THOUGHT A SONG WOULD BE A WONDERFUL WAY TO CELEBRATE HIS LIFE AND HELP HIS FAMILY.” - BEN HARPER
Ben Harper is helping to raise money for the family of Australian pro skateboarder Lewis Marnell, whose untimely death in January at the age of 30 left his family in dire financial straights. A lifelong skateboarding enthusiast and friend to skaters around the world, Harper has reunited with the Innocent Criminals for the first time since 2007 to re-record the song “Jah Work” from his 1997 album, “The Will to Live.” The song is now available on iTunes, with all proceeds going to the Lewis Marnell family memorial fund.
Marnell died Jan. 18 from complications of diabetes, a disease he lived with from the age of 10. He did not allow his condition to impede his meteoric skateboarding career. He skated with such passion and style that can't be replicated, he made all his tricks look effortless and his love for life was infectious. In 2008 he made his mark when he went pro for Almost Skateboards and he was named Skater of the Year from Australian skateboarding magazine slam. Marnell got married in late 2012, and died only a few months later, leaving his family with a large debt. Global efforts to help the family financially ensued, with Harper’s being the latest
ALL PROCEEDS GO TO THE FAMILY OF LEWIS MARNELL #LEWISMARNELLFOREVER
REMEMBERED IN BRONZE BY SEAN HENRY
“Looking at all the films, interviews and footage online about Lewis Marnell, it becomes immediately apparent that he was a totally unique, very talented and modest man – with a very big heart and an incredible ability.
People might have expected me to make a sculpture of him with his skateboard, but the more I read about him, the more I wanted to depict Lewis the man, rather than Lewis the skater.
I found these occasional moments when he is waiting to talk, move or skate, standing with his arms behind his back in a pose of natural grace – a moment of natural humility which lends itself very well to sculpture.
To me, movement in sculpture is a counterintuitive concept. Thankfully though, his wonderful attitude and quite gravity defying boarding is recorded for us all forever in the films."
Made by hand from clay, then cast in bronze and painted, the sculpture of Lewis is an 80cm high prototype-model for a proposed larger sculpture.
Sean Henry exhibits his artwork regularly in London, New York, Sweden, Belgium and Germany. He has sculptures in the National Portrait Gallery, London, as well as in public museums and sculpture parks in the USA, the UK, Sweden and Norway.
For more information see: www.seanhenry.com