The Head of the Class
When someone thinks of Hershey, PA, they probably think of the town’s legacy to chocolate lovers. However, Stoner Graphix (Hummelstown, PA) helped Milton Hershey High School boast a strong identity of its own. The shop rendered large its Spartan mascot with a 16 x 12-ft., 2-ft.-deep, EPS-foam sign.
After the shop devised the design using Delcam’s ArtCam 3-D software, the shop cut six blocks of expanded-polystyrene (EPS) foam, and then sanded them by hand before adding details with a hot knife. To support the sculpture and mount it to the building, Stoner Graphix constructed an aluminum, box-tubing frame and embedded the EPS sculpture over it.
After spraying the foam with a polyurea hardcoat to make it withstand exterior installation, the shop decorated it with Akzo Nobel’s Grip-Gard HF white primer and basecoat, with a satin-finish clearcoat for protection.