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.
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.