Uniting Wyoming through Metal Art Silhouettes
Wyoming owned and operated since 1988, GW Mechanical’s history has always been centered around this great state. Because of their passion for Wyoming,
they have been collaborating with 307 First in their “Metal Art Project”, which consists of creating and placing western-themed metal silhouettes across the
“Our history is in Wyoming,” said Dean Cline, President of GW Mechanical. “We don’t know anything else, and we have to promote what we know.”
GW Mechanical adopted Highway 20/26 between Casper and Shoshoni with the plan of placing nine silhouettes along that route. This stretch of highway is
very desolate, and that became one of the primary reasons why GW Mechanical chose it.
“We find it boring. We travel that road a lot and we thought that one would be the easiest one to get landowners to agree to,” Cline shared.
Overall, the goal of the entire project is to have 307 of these silhouettes placed across Wyoming. Many of these metal art pieces have been placed over the
last year, including a few in downtown Casper as well as some along several highways.
“Our theme on this is what I like to call ‘western’ or as some say, ‘the Pony Express’,” said Cline.
Current metal pieces that have been created include cowboys, Native Americans, horses, elk, and cattle. This project relies heavily on Wyoming’s history,
which means that it is important to place silhouettes in spots that are in relation to where they would have been years ago. In fact, GW Mechanical hopes to
put an old work train silhouette, complete with a caboose, along their adopted highway.
“We want to do a train. There are old tracks that go out along that stretch of highway. If you really pay attention, you can see where those old tracks are,”
Both Cline and Kara Garbutt, Operations Manager at GW Mechanical, collaborate on creating the ideas behind these silhouettes. Garbutt spends a lot of time
on Google finding ideas and focusing on what will best fit with this project.
“When you look at the size comparison of the elk next to the people, you can see that these silhouettes are not small,” said Garbutt. “It’s a big undertaking
but the bottom line is keeping Wyoming money in Wyoming.”
This metal art project truly is a collaboration effort, not only between 307 First and GW Mechanical, but also among other Wyoming contractors, sponsors,
volunteers, and landowners. One of the biggest goals of this effort is to encourage other businesses to get involved.
“If we stick together as Wyomingites, then we’re stronger. We are stronger together than we are alone. If we can keep our monies local, it helps everybody,”