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Designed by Prescott Powers, visual arts teacher. Courtesy photos.

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WOODSTOCK — Oct. 2, the area outside the turf field at The Woodstock Academy’s South Campus, was officially dedicated as “Centaur Plaza.” Sitting in the center, the focal point of the space is a unique sculpture of a Centaur designed by Prescott Powers, visual arts teacher at The Woodstock Academy.
The sculpture is made of weathering steel and features a different character from each angle it is viewed from, with all elements of each character bringing together a Centaur when standing in front. Each character represents the diversity of students and welcomes a new sense of pride to the community at The Woodstock Academy. Additionally, the aesthetic of the sculpture is distinctive at night, when it is raining, and when the sun is shining.
“The sculpture is a modern response to the Centaur on North Campus,” said Powers. “It is kinetic and encourages people to interact with it. The figures represent individuality, creativity, knowledge, and athleticism, qualities found in students at The Academy. I hope it will reflect the diversity of our students and encourage all students to feel they are supported and valued here.”
Centaur Plaza and the Centaur Sculpture were made possible by gifts from The Woodstock Academy classes of 2017, 2019, and 2021. The sculpture was produced at Rawson Manufacturing in Putnam before being installed at The Academy.
“The classes who made a gift to this project were among the first to have access to the facilities on South Campus,” said Head of School Christopher Sandford. “This dedication is extraordinary in the sense that these alumni had the opportunity to use the facilities themselves when they were students and have now left an impact on future generations of students at The Academy.”


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