Beaufort Community College dedicates statue as part of 50th anniversary

WASHINGTON, N.C. (WNCT) – Beaufort Community College dedicated a sculpture made by its welding students and an instructor as part of the college’s 50th anniversary, which the school is celebrating this year, at 12 p.m. Wednesday.

The 5,000-pound metal sculpture contains a school of fish swimming around pilings. On top of the pilings is an osprey circling its next with chicks inside. On the back is a great blue heron.

The ceremony was attended by teachers, students, and alumni ranging back from 1969.

Ted Clayton is the welding teacher at BCCC and said the idea for the sculpture came to him after going on a fishing trip.

Clayton said his students put in over two years of time to complete the piece.

“I took students in between classes and absorbed some of the work in my cutting class that cut the pipe,” said Clayton. “My fabrication class built the molt on the bottom, the rope was done in the fabrication classes, and then after we got all of that done everyone was excited to work on the project.”

Clayton said that although he allowed for class time on the project most of the work was done outside of class and on weekends.

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