Good day from a snowy Virginia Tech campus! While driving through the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center this morning on the way to work, we took a photo of this sculpture. You’ve probably seen it; it sits directly across from the Virginia Tech Airport. But do you know what it is?
The sculpture, titled “Pallets Move The World,” weighs five tons and is dedicated to those who have had a very important impact through research and development on the wood pallet.
The late E. George Stern, a world-renowned wood construction professor that set international standards for construction, is among those honored by the sculpture.
As the Earle B. Norris Research Professor Emeritus of Wood Construction in Virginia Tech’s Department of Wood Science and Forest Products, Stern became the first director of the Pallet Research Laboratory in 1976.
Stern was fondly called “Mr. Nail” because he spent a lifetime researching, testing, and improving more than a thousand fasteners. He also wrote the dictionary definition for “nail,” as it refers to a fastener used in wood.
Click on the photo to learn more about the sculpture. Click here to read more about Virginia Tech’s Department of Sustainable Bio Materials.