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March 9, 2021

“The Spike that Binds.” was purchased by the Hattiesburg Tourism Commission, Hattiesburg Arts Council, and Downtown Hattiesburg Association in 2010, prior to HAPA’s founding. This public art is installed at the Historic Train Depot after it won the People’s Choice Award at the All Aboard Sculpture Exhibition curated by local artist Erik Eaves.

Artist Jason Kimes says that the work, popularly referred to around town as Spike Man, is a reference to the importance of the train system in a developing society, particularly how it bound groups of people that were otherwise disconnected, especially during the days before the automobile became ubiquitous.