HAYWARD -- Welding students from Eden Area Regional Occupational Program are creating a 10-foot-tall sculpture that will be displayed at a Hayward recycling company.

The sculpture is made up of scrap metal donated by Sims Metal Management.

When complete, it will be a figure resembling Atlas holding up a recycling sign. The sculpture is a way to raise awareness for the welding program, said Mike Holmes, Sims operations manager.

"It was an opportunity for students to combine their imagination and creativity and apply the skills that they are learning to produce a work of art," he said.

When complete, the sculpture can be seen at Sims' facility, 30104 Industrial Parkway Southwest. The students attend Barbara Juarez's welding class at Eden Area ROP, which includes students from the Hayward, Castro Valley, San Leandro and San Lorenzo school districts.

Holmes took part in metal training programs in high school and Chabot College. "I know schools are always looking for raw materials," he said.