PITTSBURGH-Community College of Allegheny County student Patrick
Camut has created a work of art that marries form and function in a
distinctly Pittsburgh fashion. In response to a call from the
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust for artists to design sculptural bicycle
racks to be installed throughout the Cultural District, Camut used
the skills he acquired in CCAC's Welding Technology program to
create the parking chair to end all parking chairs. His proposal
was accepted, and he worked on the project throughout the summer.
The finished work will be installed this fall in the 900 block of
Liberty Avenue, possibly across from the August Wilson Center.
Camut, an art teacher at Charleroi High School, enrolled in
CCAC's Welding program to improve his welding skills for creating
metal sculptures. The program has helped him grow in his craft
beyond his expectations. He especially appreciates the "real world
experience" of his instructors, who teach students how to apply the
skills they have learned. One way Camut hopes to apply his skills
is by creating more public art that can be enjoyed by all. To date,
his unique artwork has been featured in numerous exhibitions.
"This program is like a master's for me. I'd definitely
recommend it to anyone," said Camut, who will graduate
this fall with an associate degree in Welding Technology.
"Everything was presented in such an organized way. You could
see where you wanted to go, and could see your own growth as you
The project was something of a collaboration-CCAC Welding
instructor Cody Stroud provided guidance and technical expertise;
the materials were supplied by the college; and the base plate was
drilled at Maxwell Welding & Machine. Camut will have earned
several welding certifications by the time he graduates, which will
also prove useful in his part-time work repairing the amphibious
vehicles used by Just Ducky Tours.
For more information on Patrick Camut and his work, visit patrickcamut.com. For more
information on CCAC's Welding Technology program, click