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Haynes Ring Replica Inaccessible For Photos Through May 22

Scot Walker '90 May 11, 2018 11:23 AM updated: May 21, 2018 12:23 PM

The Haynes Ring Replica will be inaccessible for photos May 14-22 as maintenance work is performed.

The Haynes Ring Replica is the 12-foot-tall, 6,500-pound bronze Aggie Ring that sits on the Haynes Ring Plaza outside the Clayton W. Williams, Jr. Alumni Center. Since it was installed and dedicated in the the fall of 2009, it has become one of the most photographed spots on the Texas A&M campus. On most days, a steady stream of students, former students, family and visitors make their way to the plaza to pose for a photo in front of the campus landmark.

Craftsmen from Deep in the Heart Art Foundry, creators of the replica, will be on the plaza May 14-21 to apply a new exterior finish to the replica, restoring its original shine. While this work is in progress, the Ring will be fenced off and unavailable for photos. This maintenance will also at times create significant noise.

Although the Ring Replica itself will be inaccessible, the main entrance to the Williams Alumni Center will be accessible through the Haynes Ring Plaza.

The massive Aggie Ring Replica bears the year '46 on its crest, representing the Class year of the late Harold J. Haynes ’46. The replica and the Haynes Ring Plaza are named in honor of Haynes and his wife, Reta.

In 2010, The Association of Former Students dedicated and placed a time capsule inside the Ring replica. The time capsule, which is intended to be opened in 2046, contains Mr. Haynes’ Aggie Ring, a letter written by Mr. and Mrs. Haynes in 2008 to the Class of 2046, photographs, and a program from the 2009 rededication of the Clayton W. Williams, Jr. Alumni Center.

Check out the Texas Aggie magazine story and photo essay from 2009 when the Haynes Ring Plaza was dedicated and the replica was unveiled.

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