First sculpture in new art exhibit unveiled

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - An award-winning sculpture from a recent art exhibit at the Hattiesburg Train Depot is now part of a permanent public art collection in the Hub City. A work called, "The Spike that Binds," is the first piece to be exhibited in a new collection sponsored by a grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission.

The piece consists of about 300 railroad spikes, welded together in the form of a seated figure. Hattiesburg artist Jason Kimes worked for about one month on the project.

"The Spike that Binds" was the "People's Choice" winner from the All Aboard exhibit held at the Hattiesburg Train Depot in April.

The work was presented this morning at a meeting of the Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association.

"Right now, we envision adding a piece each year to the collection," said Patty Hall, director of the Hattiesburg Arts Council. "But, this is our first and we hope that next year, with the exhibit, there will be a piece that jumps out. It might not be the "People's Choice" every year, but it could be," Hall said.

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