North Country School students install first part of sea serpent sculpture

North County School students pose with their teacher Larry Robjent, and Bill and Jodi Domenico and their sons, Will and Leo, in front of a metal sea serpent the class built and installed on the Domenicos’ side lawn on Woodruff Street in Saranac Lake. (Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone)

SARANAC LAKE — A 7-foot-tall midsection of a sea serpent made its way into this village Monday afternoon.

The metallic monster was created in a 3-D design and metal sculpture class at North Country School in Lake Placid. Carried by a dozen children, it now rests near the sidewalk of Woodruff Street, a scaly surprise for anyone walking past the Domenico Electrical workshop.

The life-size art installation was designed and constructed by students in North Country School teacher Larry Robjent’s class and donated to the Domenico family, who are displaying the beast on the side lawn of their apartment building on the one-way downtown street, across the street from the art galleries.

After weeks of work, the serpent, made entirely of recycled metal, was loaded off a trailer by the eighth- and ninth-graders who built it. The move frees up space in their workshop so they can start constructing the head and tail, which will be added simultaneously after the end of winter.

The current plans include the ability to stand up inside the beast’s head and pivot its fearsome gaze from Broadway to Church Street.

Romina and James, students at the North Country School, put the finishing touches on the midsection of their sea serpent made of recycled metal, which can be seen at 18-22 Woodruff St. in Saranac Lake. (Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone)

The Domenicos also have plans to light the creature during Christmas and Winter Carnival.