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SYRACUSE — The Syracuse Wawasee Chamber and SWCC Foundation, Inc. announced a community sculpture created in partnership with the Pathways CTE welding class from donated community scrap metal.

Last summer, Executive Director Renea Salyer collected materials to create a fish sculpture as part of a community project for Syracuse. She approached the welding class instructor, Kenneth Long, asking his class for help in welding the project together.

“The results are exceptional! Salyer said in a press release. “Mr. Long and his students were very inspired by the art project as an innovative approach to the welding profession.

The fish sculpture is a rendering of one of our native species, bluegill, and the creative product of welding student Christopher Jarvis. The project was a combined effort with the help of West Noble student Mikayla Nichols, who created the illustration model, and Fairfield student Alex Yoder, who helped Christopher cut out the models and the metal parts of the fins.

The sculpture is on a swivel and placed on a stand recycled from metal donated from a Rinker Boats display. Christopher Jarvis took up the idea, the box of bric-a-brac provided creating a spectacular work of art for the community.

“We are very proud of his work and hope he uses the talent he found in his future projects,” said Salyer.

The sculpture will be placed at an upcoming art exhibit at Wawasee High School May 2-6. Until then, she will be housed in the Syracuse Wawasee Chamber Office at 207 N. Huntington St., Syracuse, where the public is welcome to stop by and view her.

Ms. Salyer plans to take it to events and possibly find an outdoor location for the piece to be on permanent display, according to the statement.

The Chamber will be running a naming contest on social media and is looking for creative ideas for naming the sculpture. Visit their Facebook page or their Experience Syracuse group page to submit your name idea

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