1st Traffic Light Returns To Willoughby

Although the weather wasn’t very cooperative for ArtStock this past Sunday, the 1st traffic light made its rainy debut.  A sea of umbrellas gave shelter to onlookers and photographers who ventured out to witness the unveiling ceremony, which was lead by Willoughby Mayor Anderson and Willoughby Welcome Center President and Historian, Dr. Ron Taddeo.

Mayor Anderson presents Willoughby Tech Welding students and instructor with citation.

The ceremony gave props to the Tech Center Welding Class for their meticulous creation.  The amazing rendition of Garrett Morgan’s original design was fabricated by the students and displayed as the premier sculpture in The DiVine District’s Sculpture Walk.

The project is a collaborative effort by the students, The DiVine District coalition, Willoughby Historical Society, City of Willoughby and several area entities and pays homage to Willoughby’s role in this historical event. The fabrication was spearheaded by class Instructor, Ryan Eubank and executed by Vincent Giotti, Kyle Busch and members of the 2011 Junior/Senior class.  Several local businesses kindly donated the materials for construction.

Onlookers watch the ceremony under the cover of umbrellas.

The final sculpture is fully functional and towers overhead, as it reaches more than 11 feet into the sky. The piece will be permanently mounted at the intersection of Vine and Erie in Historic Downtown Willoughby in the coming months, as an icon to the past and the students’ efforts.

Read more at: http://news-herald.com/articles/2011/05/16/news/doc4dd09bfb2dafa737054596.txt?viewmode=fullstory

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