City-student art project sets sail

Thursday, November 9, 2017
SPIRIT LAKE A bit of noise was added to the usual commotion of traffic near the intersection of highways 9 and 71 Nov. 2. Crews began to install a 25-foot tall steel sculpture designed and fabricated by Spirit Lake High School students in January, under the supervision of Spirit Lake art teacher Brad Travis. The students generated funds for the project through various donors. They also met with city officials to plan the installation. Spirit Lake City Administrator Gregg Owens said the project gave the city a welcomed opportunity to collaborate with the school on a new scale. Travis said he and the students hope the sculpture will become something of a cornerstone of the Lakes Area community, near one of its busier entrances. The concrete slab base was poured and ready by late October and Owens said crews were simply waiting for winds to die down before attempting to lift the massive steel components by crane. Indeed, the crane quickly hoisted both halves of the welded steel, as crews secured the bases to the concrete midday Thursday. (Photo submitted)

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