For art’s sake
Stengel said he has tried to involve as many students as possible in building the project, with about eight to 10 students working on it.
“Welding is a monotonous thing,” he explained. “You do the same thing over and over and over. You can take a project like this and show them that there’s more to [welding] than sticking two pieces of metal together.
“The students down here have loved it. I think it’s important ... you can do something really pretty with this stuff. This does have a function other than just building barges or whatever you’re building. I think it’s important for them to see this.”
Tungate agreed and said the project has offered students a new perspective on what they can do with welding.
“I can’t wait until it’s up so they can see what they did,” Tungate said. “It’s different to see something when it’s complete, but these kids will have a great idea of what it looked like when it was laying on the floor when it was in pieces. When they see it complete they’ll have a different [perspective] of what it actually took to get it there.”
Struck added that there is less than two weeks left of construction, then the piece will go to Gray & Wells to be painted. It will then be installed with the help of the Jeffersonville Parks Department, hopefully, before the end of the month.
Jeffersonville Parks Director Paul Northam said it will cost the parks department the price of materials, which he estimated at less than $100, to construct a base to have the sculpture installed. The cost will be paid for out of the parks department budget, he said.
“I think things like this make our city unique,” Knott said. “I think Jeffersonville is a neat city ... adding some art to the area is a great thing. That’s going to be a unique piece.”
City Councilman Nathan Samuel, who is chairing an art council for the city, said ideas like this are helping to further the group’s goals.
“I think it’s fantastic this is already started and on-the-way,” he said. “I think this will be one of the steps, or one of the foundations, we can build on. We have a lot of public art around ... that will just showcase the piece and the need for more.”