• Education symbol model progress

    8-7-10 photo;

    Earlier photos;

    I am thinking about adding something in the 2 bottom corners, so those are left unfinished for now!

    Update; I experimented with a raised area in each corner but decided I didn’t like how it looked afer all, so the corners are just mitered.

    A bit of historical trivia, from the July, 12th, 1898 NY Times;

    The new seal of the Board of Education was used for the first time yesterday.The design is an open book, resting against the torch of wisdom, and surrounded by a wreath of ivy. Around the wreath are the words: Board of Education, City of New York.”

  • Education symbol model started

    After getting the shipment of 1000# of clay today, I started this new model of a collegiate gothic styled education symbol panel after one on Public School 27 which was demolished in 1976. PS 27 was built in 1906 and was located next door, West of the Daily News building on East 42nd st, NYC. CBJ Snyder was the architect.

    The school was originally slated to be demolished in 1929, when it was only 23 years old! but the stock market crash forced plans for the site to vanish into thin air.


    The model features a heavy bold frame reminiscent of the heavy frames used on large old oil paintings. Designed in collegiate gothic style, it frames the familiar education symbol’s open book, laurel leaf wreath and torch used by Universities, schools, libraries and other institutions of learning.

    The symbol is used by the Board of Education, City of New York, and

    this particular design is inspired by one used on PS 27, and other public schools in New York City.

    FInished size of the panel should be about 23″ x 26″ and will be available in interior cast stone and concrete.

    Inquiries are invited.

  • Art Deco panels

    Here’s a series of 6 Art Deco panels made for a restored Art Deco theater in Dell Rapids, S.D. The panels will be installed in the lobby with 3 new poster display cases.

    I needed to cut 4 of the panels down to fit the allotted space, an inch off the left and right sides as trimmed off.

    As the theater is newly restored and cleaned, we decided a slightly toned down nickel/silver rather than my dirty nickel finish would be appropriate, “new” looking to blend with the rest, but having a toned down look with an ever so slight age.

    I think they should blend in quite nicely.