Pictured (left to right) are Syracuse-Wawasee Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Renea Salyer and student Christopher Jarvis. Photo provided.

SYRACUSE – The Syracuse Wawasee Chamber and SWCC Foundation Inc. are thrilled to share a community sculpture created in partnership with Pathways CTE Welding Class made from donated community scrap metal.

Last summer, Chamber 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! Mr. Long and his students were very inspired by the art project as an innovative approach to the welding trade,” said Salyer.

The fish sculpture is a representation of one of the region’s 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 assisted Jarvis in cutting out the models and 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. Jarvis took on 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, he will be housed at the Syracuse Wawasee House office, 207 N. Huntington St., Syracuse. The public is invited to stop and see it. Sayer plans to take it to events and possibly find an outdoor location for the piece to be on permanent display.

The Chamber will hold a social media naming contest. They are looking for creative ideas for naming the sculpture. Visit their FB page or Discover Syracuse group page to submit your name idea.