Photo by Don Nelsonthe installed sculpture is at the entrance to the high school parking lot; welding class members are in the background.

Photo by Don Nelson
the installed sculpture is at the entrance to the high school parking lot; welding class members are in the background.

Photo by Don NelsonContractor Jerry Palm carefully lowers the structure into place with the help of Stromberger, Whatley and Surface

Photo by Don Nelson
Contractor Jerry Palm carefully lowers the structure into place with the help of Stromberger, Whatley and Surface

A project started in 2013 by the Liberty Bell High School welding class was completed last week with the installation of a weathered steel sculpture of the school’s mountain lion mascot that also spells out the initials LBH.

The sculpture was mounted to bolts on a concrete pedestal at the entrance to the high school parking lot. Local contractor Jerry Palm donated materials for and created the pedestal and rockery landscaping.

Palm was on hand last week to help former welding class instructor Barry Stromberger and several Liberty Bell students who were involved in the project move the sculpture from Stromberger’s truck onto the waiting pedestal.

Stromberger said three different Liberty Bell classes were involved in fabricating and finishing the sculpture, which is based on a mountain lion logo painted on the side of a school building.

Photo by Don NelsonStromberger, Whatley and Surface make the final connections. The installation was created by three LBHS welding classes, which were formerly taught by Stromberger.

Photo by Don Nelson
Stromberger, Whatley and Surface make the final connections. The installation was created by three LBHS welding classes, which were formerly taught by Stromberger.

The 12-gauge sheet metal used for the sculpture was donated by Bruce Gustafson, a part-time Methow Valley resident, Stromberger said. The pieces of the sculpture were cut from the flat steel, shaped, and then welded by Liberty Bell students.

Seniors Trevor Surface and Gavin Wengerd did most of the final welding and finishing, Stromberger said. Other students involved along the way included Josh Frey, Colt Jack, Chase Kurtz, Josh Johnson, Tyson Coleman and Garrett Jensen.