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WITC-Superior welding students create sculpture

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Superior Business Improvement District, Wisconsin Arts Board, the National Endowment for the Arts and WITC-Superior welding students unveiled their public sculpture in the vacant lot adjacent to Sclavi’s Restaurant on Tower Ave. in Superior.

The Wishing Tree is a community art participation project. Thirteen welding students of WITC-Superior, under the direction of Aleasha Hladilek, were asked to create a 7-foot sculptural metal tree. These 13 students are enrolled in the full time technical structural welding course.

“This project is an amazing opportunity for Aleasha’s students. Their version of the Wishing Tree exemplifies the possibilities of what can happen when technical skill is infused with creative energy. We are proud of what they have accomplished here,” said WITC-Superior Campus Administrator and Vice President of Academic Affairs Bonny Copenhaver.

The Wishing Tree anchors the community art participatory project for the Wisconsin Arts Board 2015 grant cycle.  The Wishing Tree project is sponsored by the Superior Business Improvement District, Wisconsin Arts Board, the National Endowment for the Arts, Staff and Students of WITC-Superior.

The Superior Wishing Tree project is part of a global uniting communities through their hopes, dreams and wishes. Members of the public are encouraged to become part of the project by hanging their own hopes and dreams on the Wishing Tree.

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