The Facts: This stunning creation is handcrafted from solid marble (6" x 6") and mahogany. It is a mixed media masterpiece featuring an 18-inch wingspan and a 22.6 lb. marble base. The subject matter itself concerns the Boeing E3A "AWACS", with which Henry Halladay is not only professionally acquainted, but personally as well; it's his favorite aircraft.
Subjective Interpretation: It's no accident that this design was chosen for the 40 Year Award. By 2007, Henry's career with Boeing was well established and his level of achievements was unquestionable. The massive marble cube represents the weight, gravity, and solidity of these achievements and shows how they formed the foundation for all of Henry's projects with the company. By any yardstick, Henry's was an enviable body of work by the mid-2000s and the relationship between his passion (the top piece) and his accomplishments (the bottom piece) is well represented here.
Creative Note: You may be wondering how the mahogany is connected to the stone. Screws? Adhesive? Nope. While all of those methods were considered, in the end the manufacturers opted for a unique power strip system. Let's take a look.
Industrial strength dual-lock fasteners have been applied in an identical T-formation on the marble base and the wooden top piece.
By gently, evenly pulling on both sides of the top piece (or by using a standard wooden ruler) the pieces can be completely detached for safe transport, shipment, storage and, of course, display.
The clever T-System allows the two pieces to be securely fastened together for seamless display. However, they can also co-exist as two separate units... so it's like having two desk pieces in one!