Here is a photograph of the completed plaque for the Form of 1993. It was dedicated on June 1, 2013 and hangs in the Lower Dining Hall of Coit (The Upper) above the panels that contain the names of all the members of the Form of 1993. Below the photo is the description of the elements incorporated in the plaque design.
The central image for the 1993 Form plaque is a large snowflake design representing the blizzard of 1993 that covered Millville in snow in March of that School year. The middle left and right sections have spirals representing the intense winds that were a significant element of the blizzard. The upper left corner of the plaque features an open book with the initials DVH carved onto the pages, representing the beginning of the Rectorship of David Verne Hicks, Tenth Rector of St. Paul’s School. The book symbolizes the Rural Record, a journal of day-to-day life that was kept at St. Paul’s School from 1857 into the early 20th century. The upper right corner has the outline of the Tien Track which was dedicated in October of 1992. The bottom left and right corners feature carved comedy and tragedy masks representing the Tracy Memorial Theater that was dedicated during graduation weekend of 1993.
The Form of 1993 plaque is now completed. The above photograph shows a sample of the stained finish on the plaque, the lower right corner showing the comedy mask representing the Tracy Memorial Theater dedication.
The completed framed plaque will be revealed on Anniversary Weekend on Saturday June 1st – at which time photographs of the finished plaque will be published online. Thank you to the representative from the Form of 1993 for your help with this project - I am looking forward to seeing members of the Form of 1993 at the SPS Anniversary event to celebrate your new Form plaque!
Above is a photo of the completed carving for the 1993 Form plaque. The photos below show details of the finished carving:
This photo of the upper left corner shows the open book with initials DVH to represent the beginning of the Rectorship of David Hicks.
The upper right corner features the outline of the Tien Track which was dedicated in October of 1992.
The bottom left and right corners are carved with comedy and tragedy masks to represent the dedication of the Tracy Memorial Theater which happened during graduation weekend of 1993.
The The blizzard of 1993 represented by the large snowflake design in the background of the plaque.
The carving is now ready to be sealed with a linseed oil finish. After that dried it will be stained to match the color of the oak frame. The plaques that hang in the Lower Dining Hall are not being done with a painted finish so as to match the existing plaques already hanging in that space. Check back soon for a sneak peek photo of the finished carving.
The design stage is complete for the 1993 Form plaque. I worked with a representative of the Form of 1993 to come up with a list of events, and the following design elements were chosen:
1993 Form Plaque Design Elements
Plaque designs traditionally incorporate one world news event and three to five School events.
- The blizzard of 1993 represented by the large snowflake design in the background
- Upper left corner has the open book with initials DVH to represent the beginning of the Rectorship of David Hicks
- Upper right has the outline of the Tien Track which was dedicated in October of 1992
- Middle left and right has the swirling wind from the blizzard of 1993
- Bottom left and right show comedy and tragedy masks representing the Tracy Memorial Theater dedicated graduation weekend of 1993
I will begin working on carving the plaque next and will post images of the carving as the work progresses.
Here is a photograph of the plaque for the Form of 1996. I recently completed the carving, stained and sealed the wood and mounted it in its frame. It will now be displayed in the Lower Dining Hall of Coit (New Upper) and will hang above the panels that contain the names of all the members of the Form of 1996. Beneath the photo below is a description of the symbols used in the design.
The central design celebrates the development of the Humanities program and is represented by an owl perched on a book, with pen, pencil and brush behind it. The owl is a symbol of wisdom, and the pen/pencil/brush symbols represent the arts and literature. The book that the owl is perched on is a symbol for learning and represents the history, philosophy, and religion aspects of the Humanities program. In the upper left corner an ‘at’ (@) key from a computer keyboard is carved to symbolize the first School assigned email addresses for students. The upper right corner of the plaque has a closed book with initials DVH representing the end of Tenth Rector David Verne Hicks’ Rectorship. In the lower right section of the plaque a woman’s symbol with the Roman numerals ‘XXV’ carved inside it represent the 25th anniversary of co-education at St. Paul’s School.
The design stage for the 1996 Form plaque design was completed a few months ago. After working with the Form Director a list of events was chosen to illustrate the 6th Form experiences of the Form of 1996:
The design elements are as follows:
- Central Motif: The development of the Humanities program is represented by an owl perched on a book, with pen, pencil and brush behind it. The owl symbol is for wisdom, the pen/pencil/brush symbols represent arts and literature, and the book symbol is for learning (history, philosophy, and religion).
- Upper Left: An ‘at’ (@) key from a computer keyboard to symbolize the first School assigned email addresses for students.
- Upper Right: The closed book with initials DVH representing the end of David Hicks’ leadership as tenth Rector.
- Lower Right: A woman’s symbol with ‘XXV’ inside to represent the 25th anniversary of co-education.
I am currently working on the carving process – following are a few photos of the progress:
This shows the carving in its current state – it has been roughed out, the background levels established, the rough carving done, and many areas are being worked into their finished state.
This shows a detail of the owl – much of the detail still needs to be worked on.
This photo shows the details of the feet and talons that are being cleaned up.
This detail shows the @ key, the @ symbol still needs to be carved into the surface.
This last photograph shows the symbol for coeducation and the book that will be carved with David V. Hicks’ initials.
I will have this plaque with me at Anniversary on June 2nd, although it won’t be entirely complete. I will post more pictures here when the carving is finished, stained and sealed.
UPDATE – July 19, 2012: Pictures and details of the finished carving can be seen in the Form Plaque Gallery by clicking HERE.