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Downtown Haliburton Sculpture Exhibition


Nature Prevails

Mark Puigmarti

Nature Prevails I

Mark Puigmarti created Nature Prevails I using forged and fabricated structural steel. The sculpture stands 72" high and weighs approximately 200lbs. Nature Prevails I is intended to inspire hope. No matter what humankind builds, creates, or discards, nature will prevail. This piece represents a minute example of a structural bridge detail called a gusset plate connection. Carefully designed and engineered for structural integrity using steel elements like angle iron and steel plates riveted throughout, is in itself an amazing feat of human innovation and progress. Yet even these monumental structures uncared for, or abandoned are always trying to revert back to their elemental beginnings through slow decay. These three angle iron sections have been hot forged into vine like growth returning back to their natural origins.

Mark Puigmarti

What seems like lifetimes ago I was refrigeration and HVAC mechanic. Working on commercial industrial gizmos that kept things or people warm or cold, while usually experiencing the polar opposite temperature of whatever it was I was trying to rectify. It is a respectable trade that many men and some women make a respectable living at. However, as much as I tried to make the piping arrangements visually pleasing, orderly, and followable there was something lacking. It just never quite clicked with my persistent dream to follow a more artistic path.​

One day about half way into a 25-year run at HVACR, I made it my mission to try and change what seemed truly unchangeable. Slowly with a long list of coincidences, happy accidents and a load of sacrifices, particularly by my supportive wife Chris, positive results started to accumulate in the intended direction of working with hot metal. This did indeed take 10 years of incremental progression to end up at the beginning of a new and completely unrecognizable life and style. It is not lost on me to grasp the sheer improbability to do that mid-career, in that career, or any for that matter. That cord was cut 14 years ago now."

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