’Rupert’s Needle’ - A public monument to mark the closure of a British Army school in Germany.
Pupils and staff at Prince Rupert School collaborated to encrust the surfaces of the obelisk with glazed ceramic crests of their own design. The school was one of the first established soon after WWII to exclusively educate the children of British military personnel stationed in Germany.
The sculpture remodels a classical memorial and traditional heraldic symbols. Taking elements from the old town, the badges of the army and adding symbols invented by the pupils and staff of the school. The project provided a positive focus as the campus prepared for closure.
Workshops engaged pupils and staff to design and then carve and model their own coats of arms incorporating elements from their time at the school in Germany and their home countries in the UK, Fiji, and Tibet. Travelling back and forth to Germany nine times for short visits was challenging but all difficulties were overcome with the essential assistance of the dedicated school staff.
The opening was well attended by old pupils and local people, with performances by pupils and speeches. To read Colonel Kelly’s speech click here. The local press covered the event here. Many thanks are due to the dedicated support of the school staff and the also to the local Burgemeister (Town Mayor) and his office, who’s support grew as the project developed until eventually we were given a beautiful location in the old town.