After about a year, I finally decided that I'd been fooling around with POV-Ray long enough, and that it was time to take the plunge and enter the Internet Ray-Tracing Competition. This image, which took nearly two weeks of solid work, was my entry for the March-April 1997 competition. The topic for this particular competition was School. For more information about the image, read the IRTC entry form. The POV-Ray source files are available here.
To my utter surprise, this image placed first in the competition.