Creative Collaboration ‘sparks’ Penn College Sculpture

The “ripple” effect of Skyler R. Graver’s gumption will enhance Pennsylvania College of Technology’s landscape for generations to come.

AWS Foundation | April 23, 2022 | Careers and Education
Welding Digest ►  Creative Collaboration ‘sparks’ Penn College Sculpture

The “ripple” effect of Skyler R. Graver’s gumption will enhance Pennsylvania College of Technology’s landscape for generations to come.

A 200-pound, 9-foot-long motorcycle sculpture accentuates the north end of the campus mall, thanks to Graver and other talented members of the college’s American Welding Society club. Graver’s interaction with famed metal artist Rae Ripple last fall led to the fabrication of the chopper-style motorcycle, a permanent campus feature enriched by Ripple’s creative flair.

“It’s awesome that the school allowed us to do something like this. I really hope it becomes a focal point of campus,” said Steve J. Kopera, who along with fellow welding instructor and co-adviser to the AWS club, Cody W. Wolfe, led the 10-student fabrication team.

That team spent countless hours outside of class working in shifts during a six-week stretch to create the sculpture out of two sheets of stainless steel and donated materials. 

The student crew chose a chopper-style motorcycle design, featuring a hard-tail frame, a high and long rake, an old-style “coffin” gas tank and V-twin engine. The look of the wheels would be reserved for Ripple’s artistry.

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