The carving is completed for the Form of 2004 plaque. The photo above is of the completed carving which represents the following elements:
Upper left: The outline of the State of Massachusetts divided into (what will be) rainbow colored stripes to represent the passage of marriage equality on May 17th, 2004 – the first state to do so.
Right: The Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup which sits on top of a shield featuring an emblem from the Henley-on-Thames coat of arms – representing the win at Henley for the boys’ crew team.
Center: A boar presenting a platter of food – representing the revitalization of the Boar’s Head dinner tradition in 2002 by Form of 2004 members.
Bottom left: the Democratic donkey symbol with “1962” – representing Secretary of State John Kerry’s run for president.
Now that the carving phase is done I will oil the plaque and then work on the painted finish. More to follow as things progress!
Categories: Carving Process, Form of 2004
Tags: 1962, boar, Boar's Head Dinner, crew, Henley, Henley Royal Regatta, Henley-on-Thames, John Kerry, Marriage Equality, Massachusetts, Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup, rainbow
The design stage is complete for the 1994 Form plaque. I worked with members of the Form of 1994 to come up with a list of events, and the following was chosen to be featured on the plaque:
- Center Vertical: The Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup atop the Henley shield
- Center Horizontal: Kehaya House
- Upper Left: A compass, representing the Thompson Island Outward Bound trip
- Upper Right: The flag of South Africa – adopted as part of the April 1994 General Election, marking the end of Apartheid
- Bottom Left and Right: The words “Education is the most powerful weapon” excerpted from the full quote by Nelson Mandela: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
I will now begin working on the carving process, with the plan to have the finished plaque to present at Anniversary weekend in June this year. Photos of the process will be posted on the blog, so stay tuned for more information!
Categories: Design Process, Form of 1994
Tags: Apartheid, coeducation, crew, Henley, Henley Royal Regatta, Henley-on-Thames, Kehaya House, Nelson Mandela, powerful, Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup, South Africa