Photo courtesy of Methow Arts Huge but harmless, a yellow jacket sculpture created by local artist Barry Stromberger will soon soar over the Twisp Commons.

Photo courtesy of Methow Arts
Huge but harmless, a yellow jacket sculpture created by local artist Barry Stromberger will soon soar over the Twisp Commons.

Bigger-than-life sculpture will be installed at Twisp Commons park

By Ann McCreary

A giant yellow jacket will soon hover high in the air above the Twisp Commons next to the Methow Valley Community Center.

An 8-foot-long metal sculpture (not including antennae) by local artist Barry Stromberger is expected to be installed soon, a collaboration of Methow Arts and Methow Salmon Recovery Foundation (MSRF).

The yellow jacket will be mounted on a 12-foot-tall pole next to Highway 20, which will make it an eye-catching landmark for people driving through town, Methow Arts Director Amanda Jackson said in a presentation to the Twisp Town Council last week.

Photo courtesy of Methow Arts Huge but harmless, a yellow jacket sculpture created by local artist Barry Stromberger will soon soar over the Twisp Commons.

Photo courtesy of Methow Arts
Huge but harmless, a yellow jacket sculpture created by local artist Barry Stromberger will soon soar over the Twisp Commons.

“It will get visitors to stop. You’ll be driving by on the highway and say, ‘What is that?’” Jackson said.

Jackson appeared before the town council, along with Stromberger and Chris Johnson of MSRF, to discuss installation of the public artwork.

“We worked to find a location that will use locally designed and fabricated public artwork as a wayfinding mechanism, leading visitors to sites such as the Twisp Ponds and the Twisp river park as well as TwispWorks,” Jackson said.

The base of the sculpture will include a box for print material such as Twisp maps, brochures or magazines for people to take with them to learn about the community and what it offers, she said.

Council members asked Public Works Director Andrew Denham to work with the team on plans for installing the sculpture.

Part of the yellow jacket’s body is made of metal from an old yellow car pulled out of the Methow River as part of MSRF’s efforts to clean up the river, Johnson said.