Washington County Career Center hears art project request

A former student of the Washington County Career Center is proposing a major piece of public art for Marietta, the career center board learned Thursday night.

David Griesmyer, proprietor of DG Welding & Design in Malta, is asking for the school’s support in a project to create a massive metal sculpture of Canada geese in flight to be installed in one of the river areas of Marietta, adult technical director Tony Huffman said. The installation site would overlook the Muskingum River, and the geese, to be mounted in the air, would each have a wingspan of 10 to 12 feet, he said.

Huffman said after the meeting that Griesmyer had taken welding through the adult technical school several years ago, having decided to make a career change from fabricating and repairing surgical instruments.

“He’s got a vision called the Corridor of Art,” Huffman said after the meeting. “He’s sold art to other municipalities in Ohio and elsewhere. Our welding program has offered him support in making the sculpture, and I think we have a donor for the material.”

Griesmyer already has started on the first of the corridor projects, a representation of a school of fish that covers 90 feet and soars 20 feet in the air. It is planned for installation along Ohio 376 at the Morgan County Fairgrounds, according to his website. Griesmyer, the website says, plans to create the longest gallery installation in the world, placing massive sculptures and other works in southeast Ohio locations that form a sort of arts drive through the region.

Griesmyer could not be reached Thursday night.

In other matters, the board heard from superintendent Dennis Blatt that enrollment at the center is expected to hit 320 in the fall.

“It’s the biggest since I’ve been here” Blatt said. “It just continues to grow.”

The board also:

Received donations from several local businesses

Approved out-of-state travel for staff and students to the Business Professionals of America nationals in Anaheim, Calif., at a cost not to exceed $2,423.

Accepted the retirements of staff members Sherman Koons and Derrick Lemley.

Approved several routine policy changes and two new policies covering crowdfunding and social media.

The next regular meeting of the board is scheduled for 6 p.m. May 9 at the center.