MANSFIELD -- Another peacock was added to Kingwood Center Gardens Thursday morning -- a large metal one made by a local manufacturer, assisted by local students.
The statue was delivered and unveiled by students in a Richland County-based manufacturing camp after they spent the past three days learning about the industry and how items like the peacock can be made in Richland County.
“They were learning without knowing that they were learning,” said Tyler Shinaberry, owner of EPIK and program coordinator for the camp.
As the camp programs would break for lunch or wrap up at 4:30 p.m., Shinaberry said, students were often disappointed to leave.
Over the past few days, the sixth through eighth graders -- based at the North End Community Improvement Collaborative in downtown Mansfield -- built their own miniature peacock statue and learned how MapCo in Lexington would make the larger version.
“It was good and fun to do. We even made a wood figure of it, and it was fun to do that with partners. It was a good challenge,” said Christian Green, an eighth grader at Mansfield Senior High School.
They went on to visit other manufacturers, too, including the Gorman-Rupp Company, Warren Rupp and MapCo, where they learned about how a water jet would cut the metal pieces for the peacock statue and saw how it’d be wrapped and crated for delivery.
“Now, this is their opportunity to see our favorite part as manufacturers, (when) the customer gets to see the product,” Shinaberry said Thursday before unveiling the statue at Kingwood.
The students and several Kingwood employees watched anxiously as layers of plastic wrap were torn away, revealing a metal peacock and clapped when seeing the final result.
“Kingwood Center Gardens was just thrilled to accept this,” said Brenda Nelson, director of development for Kingwood Center Gardens. “Manufacturing is at the heart of who Kingwood Center Gardens is. So without Charles Kelly King and Ohio Brass, we wouldn’t be here.”
She didn’t know yet where the statue would permanently be placed.
“Thank you. We will think of you everything we see this,” Nelson said.