A landmark sculpture made from reclaimed sandstones celebrates Aberdeen’s history and identity.
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Located in the Simpson Triangle, along the busy section of Highway 101 that connects the Aberdeen and Hoquiam business districts, Breaker can be seen by millions of people who travel through the area on their way to the Pacific Coast each year. There, it celebrates the history of Aberdeen and honors the Weatherwax family while reflecting the town’s strength, resilience, and changeability.
A cresting wave is emblematic of the present moment when the wave is at its apex,” Kuby says. “And yet in that moment are also carried the energies of the past that created the wave. To me, these tough, enduring stones from the old school represent the forces that shaped Aberdeen. Implicit in every wave is not just the past and the present but also the future—the next wave. What will Aberdeen’s next chapter be?
Kuby’s public art commissions and temporary installations are typically landscape-based and ecologically responsive, blending human-made forms with those found in nature. They frequently explore themes of time and erosion.
Breaker was commissioned by the Aberdeen Arts Commission and the Grays Harbor Family Foundation. 4Culture oversaw the project in its entirety, including artist selection, design, and implementation.