The pictured sunflower was the creation of Jesse McIntosh and Mark Brereton, both instructors of Welding and Fabrication at Tri-State Business Institute in Erie, PA. The idea for the sunflower came to them as they thought about how to involve the students in a project that was related to welding and at the same time, would help the environment.

The sunflower is over 9 feet tall and was constructed from materials that normally would be discarded: empty cans from Lincoln Excalibur® 7018 MR stick electrodes, small stubs of Lincoln ER70S-2 cut length electrodes (used in TIG welding), and a broken handrail which forms the stem. The pieces were welded together using a Lincoln Invertec® V350-PRO multi-process welder.

Mark summed up the project: "With vision, talent, and the right equipment, anything can be done."



*The above project images and descriptions have been published to show how individuals used their ingenuity for their own needs, convenience and enjoyment. Only limited details are available and the projects have NOT been engineered by the Lincoln Electric Company. Therefore, when you use the ideas for projects of your own, you must develop your own details and plans and the safety and performance of your work is your responsibility.