Pallet Research Sculpture
1998 Judith won a design competition for a large outdoor sculpture to be dedicated
to Dr. George Stern, who had founded the Pallet Research Center at The Virginia
Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in Blacksburg, Virginia.
Dr. Stern was affectionately known as “Mr. Nails” because of
his very extensive research into proper fastenings for wooden pallets. Thus,
the motif for Judith’s design was giant nails connecting symbolic pallet
The sculpture was to have been nearly 30 feet tall on the
grounds of the Center and would have had a water feature plus an area around it
for workers in the Research Center to relax and/or eat lunch. Due to funding problems the project was ultimately abandoned.