Carving Process

2007 Plaque Progress: Carving Completed

The carving for the Form of 2007 plaque is now completed. The representatives from the Form of 2007 chose the following events to be illustrated on the plaque:

  • Upper left corner: The Henley shield, commemorating the boys and girls crew team trip to England to compete in the Henley Royal Regatta
  • Upper right corner: Commemorating the release of the first iPhone
  • Center: The earth, shown enveloped in the arrow symbol for recycling, represents the beginning of the Environmental Stewardship program at SPS
  • Lower: Hargate is shown with an “Open” banner on the roof, commemorating the reopening of the building after extensive repairs from the damage caused during the Mother’s Day flood of 2006
  • Center left and right: Initials “X” and “C” commemorate the success of the girls and boys cross country teams that year

Now that the carving process is completed, I will apply a painted finish to the plaque to have it ready for presentation at the 2017 Anniversary Weekend at the beginning of June. Stay tuned for updates on the completion of the plaque!

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2009 Plaque Progress: Carving Completed

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The carving for the Form of 2009 plaque is now completed. The representatives from the Form of 2009 chose the following events to be illustrated on the plaque:

  • The upper left corner has the Democratic donkey symbol with President Obama’s initials to represent his win of the 2008 General Election
  • The upper right corner has the Lion Capital of Ashoka to represent India Week
  • Across the bottom edge is the arrow representing the cross country team’s win at the New England championships
  • The center of the design features a polar bear supporting the earth to represent the Environmental Stewardship/Environmental Values Statement that were adopted that year as well as the school-wide Earth Day event

Now that the carving process is completed, I will apply a painted finish to the plaque to have it ready for presentation at the 2017 Anniversary Weekend at the beginning of June. Stay tuned for updates on the completion of the plaque!

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2016 Plaque Progress: Carving Completed

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The carving for the Form of 2016 plaque is now completed. The representatives from the Form of 2016 chose the following events to be illustrated on the plaque:

  • Upper Left: Puzzle pieces with the letters “SPS” represent the first SPS Puzzle Hunt day
  • Upper Right: A baseball bat, a section of track, and a hockey stick, spell out the letters “ISL” to mark the decision to end membership in the Independent School League after the 2016-17 school year
  • Center: A Bald Eagle and a Cuban Trogon bird (the national bird of Cuba) perch together on an olive branch to represent the normalization of relations between the governments of Cuba and the United States
  • Bottom Left and Right: Tuck and Hargate, shown with a double ended arrow between them, represents the renovations begun this spring that will result in the exchange of functions between these two buildings

Now that the carving process is completed, I will apply a painted finish to the plaque to have it ready for presentation at the 2017 Anniversary Weekend at the beginning of June. Stay tuned for updates on the completion of the plaque!

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2002 Plaque Progress: Carving Completed

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The carving is completed for the 2002 form plaque. The photos below show details of the completed carving with descriptions of the events illustrated.

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Upper Left: The Stanley Cup representing the visit it made to SPS in November of 2001.

 

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Upper Right: Lower School Boathouse and dock which was torn down that year.

 

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Lower Left: One of two NH songbirds (Nuthatch) on either side of the design representing the donation of SPS land to the Audubon Society for use as a bird sanctuary. Below the bird is the left half of the Manhattan skyline with the World Trade Center towers intact, to commemorate the September 11th terrorist attack.

 

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Lower Right: One of two NH songbirds (Chickadee) on either side of the design representing the donation of SPS land to the Audubon Society for use as a bird sanctuary. Below the bird is the right half of the Manhattan skyline with the World Trade Center towers intact, to commemorate the September 11th terrorist attack.

This plaque will receive a painted finish, and when completed, will be on display in the Middle Dining Hall in Coit (New Upper) for Anniversary 2016/17 next June.

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1991 Plaque Progress: Carving Completed

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The carving stage is completed for the Form of 1991 plaque. Below are some photos of the plaque, carved to illustrate the following events:

  • Top Outer Edge: A ribbon bearing the inscription “O Ye Fire and Heat” from the Powerhouse – this inscription was revealed when the ivy was removed during building maintenance that year
  • Upper Left: A shield with a map of Iraq, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia representing the Gulf War
  • Upper Right: A women’s symbol with “XX” in the center to commemorate the 20th anniversary of coeducation at SPS
  • Upper Center: A bald cypress tree representing the program called “Cypress Trees” of poetry, music, and drama reflecting the emotional journey of women of color at St. Paul’s – produced and directed by members of the Form of 1991
  • Center Horizontal:  The Rector’s ruler with the initials of the Reverend Dr. Charles Halsey Clark, Ninth Rector of SPS, celebrating a talk he gave to members of the 6th Form in which he used the ruler to illustrate his message
  • Bottom Left and Right:  Ohrstrom Library, which was dedicated in April of 1991

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Now that the carving is completed, I will stain the wood to match the woodwork in the Lower Dining Hall, where it will hang when it is done. The finished plaque will be on display for Anniversary Weekend, June 3rd & 4th, 2016.

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2015 Plaque Progress: Carving Completed

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The carving for the Form of 2015 plaque is completed. Below are some detail images – with carved elements illustrating the following design themes:

  • Upper Left: A cake with a vinyl record on top representing the Steve Aoki event
  • Center: Mount Everest with the flag of Nepal on the summit representing the devastating earth quake in April of 2015
  • Upper Right: A shield with the Isthmian symbol representing their win of the Club Cup
  • Bottom Left: A laptop with a clock representing 24 hour access to the internet
  • Bottom Right: A stack of alphabet blocks representing the four different academic schedules during the four years of the Form of 2015

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I will now start working on the painted finish, and plan on having this plaque completed in time for Anniversary weekend at the end of May. More details to follow.

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2005 Plaque Progress: Carving Completed

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The carving for the Form of 2005 plaque is completed. Below are some detail images – with carved elements illustrating the following design themes:

  • Top Left and Right: The revitalized dock area on Lower School Pond, featuring the stone circle ‘Stonehenge’ project
  • Bottom Background: The Athletic and Fitness Center, opened for use in the fall of 2004
  • Bottom Left: A baseball with the dates 1918 – 2004 representing the Red Sox’s win of the World Series and the breaking of the ‘curse’
  • Bottom Right: A closed book with the initials ‘CBA’ marking the end of the Right Reverend Dr. Craig Barry Anderson’s term as eleventh rector

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I will now start working on the painted finish, and plan on having this plaque completed in time for Anniversary weekend at the end of May. More details to follow.

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2010 Plaque Progress: Carving Completed

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The carving is completed for the Form of 2010 plaque, which illustrates the following design themes:

  • Upper left: Brick house moved prior to construction of the Lindsay Center
  • Upper right: Earthquake in Haiti which occurred in January of 2010
  • Lower center: Heart with musical notes and SPS shield representing the (S)P.S. I Love You musical Valentine’s Day event put on at Ohrstrom Library
  • Bottom left and right: A camera and photograph with the initial BC, commemorating faculty member Brendan Cohen who documented all four years of the Form of 2010 through his many photographs

The plaque has been oiled and I am currently working on the painted finish for the plaque so that it will be completed in time to be put on display for Anniversary/Graduation weekend at the end of May. Updates on the progress will be posted soon.

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2014 Plaque Progress: Carving Completed

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The carving is completed for the 2014 form plaque. The plaque commemorates the following events from the 6th Form year of the Form of 2014:

  • Lower left: A penguin in formal attire representing the Senior Prom.
  • Lower right: A penguin with hockey stick and puck representing the girls varsity hockey team’s participation in the Frozen Fenway event.
  • Center background: The three evergreen trees – symbol of the Isthmian club, commemorating their win of the Club Cup
  • Top left and right: A ribbon banner with the words “Many more hills to climb” an excerpt from the Nelson Mandela quote:

After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can rest only for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not yet ended.

From: Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela, p. 554, Little, Brown & Company (1994).

Now that the carving stage is completed the plaque will be oiled and painted before being put on display for Anniversary/Graduation weekend at the end of May.

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1999 Plaque Progress: Plaque Completed

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The Form of 1999 plaque is now completed.  The above photograph shows a sample of the painted finish on the plaque – representing the fire in the Drury dorm in March of 1999.

The completed framed plaque will be revealed on Anniversary Weekend on Saturday May 31st – at which time photographs of the finished plaque will be published online.  Thank you to the representative from the Form of 1999 for your help with this project –  I am looking forward to seeing members of the Form of 1999 at the SPS Anniversary event to celebrate your new Form plaque!

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