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UAB Sculptor Builds a Masterpiece

By Charles Buchanan

John Powers creates art that won’t sit still. It rises and falls, sways, types, clicks, clacks, and rolls like waves. An assistant professor of sculpture in UAB’s Department of Art and Art History, Powers designs intricate kinetic pieces inspired by natural history, architecture, technology, and the passage of time. It can take up to a year to plan and build one sculpture, each one a blend of carpentry, mechanics, symbolism, and sound.
In this video, Powers invites you into his studio as he constructs “Remember,” a large-scale piece that gives new life—and new meaning—to old typewriters.


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See more of Powers's work at john-powers.com.