Diamond Has Arrived!

  • Lower School

Even though campus is closed, Diamond the terrapin has quietly come to Key. This six-foot metal sculpture is not only a beautiful work of art but also is designed to be a useful receptacle for recyclable plastics that can be used as a teaching and learning platform.

Located behind the Manse and Manse Addition, the structure was made possible by a $5,000 environmental education grant from the Chesapeake Bay Trust, applied for and won by Middle School Science Teacher Meredith Marcum and Maker Tech & Thinkering Studio Coordinator Carol Mahoney. Diamond, a name selected by the third graders, is the linchpin of their unit on Single-Use Plastic and its effect on the oceans specifically. Read more about this unit in the #KEYLife article Empowering Students to Change the World.

Initially Jim Swaim, the artist who created the sculpture and founded Environmental Sculptures: art that inspires action, was slated to visit Key for Diamond’s official unveiling during Earth Week 2020; however, the move to distance learning in March disrupted those grand plans. Happily the class had the opportunity to meet with him through Zoom recently and pepper him with questions in a zoom meeting about how and why he created the structure. Diamond now joins two other environmental sculptures by Mr. Swaim that call Annapolis home: a heron at the Annapolis Welcome Center and a blue crab and the Annapolis Maritime Museum. 

As part of their plans to introduce Diamond to the Key community, third graders’ had produced a series of PSA posters about the environmental impacts of single-use plastics which they planned to share across campus during Earth Week. To help spread their message, the students’ work will soon be posted on Key's social media. We may be social distancing, but we can all still do our part to minimize Single-Use Plastics!