Thanks for all your help. I as able to get it to work, but I had to create a widget in order to do it.
What I would really like to do is insert a shape into the layout without creating a widget in the zone where I want it.
I am not sure how to wire it up in the module / theme.
I want to do something like this. http://chrisbower.com/2011/05/31/shape-method-caching/.
Is there a way to insert the shape without creating a widget in the zone where I want it?
Thanks for your help in advance.