“Resilience” by Joe Powers

Stainless Steel, 2012
Centennial Trail (the south bank of the Stillaguamish River)
Arlington, WA

Machias sculptor Joe Powers sought to honor nature with his piece “Resilience.” Powers' art nouveau-style, stainless steel arch portrays the entwined branches of two trees.

"It's called 'Resilience' because nature seems to survive no matter what we do," Powers said. "The trail is on what used to be railroad tracks, which were carved into the wilderness. Now people get out on the trail to get away from the city and take in the natural beauty of our rural area. My philosophy of art is to complement the surroundings."

Powers, 55, is a longtime pipe fitter and welder. His sculptures can be seen primarily in the Seattle area.

"I've dabbled in art all my life, so it was natural that these jobs would intersect at some point," he said.

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