The name Meraki is a term that means creating something with total love, leaving a part of yourself in the work. The artist was born and raised in Cape Girardeau about 1 mile from the Mississippi. He reflects “. . . for me the river has always been there. This sculpture is influenced by nature, with curves that are suggestive of a flowing waterway. While the sculpture is made to look like a gallery pedestal piece it is made from durable materials and meant to be displayed outdoors.” Strong lines contrasted by curvilinear shapes and negative space create tension in order to capture and focus on the surrounding space. Graduating from Southeast Missouri State University with a Bachelors of Fine Arts, Pierce found a direction to focus his skills as a sculptor, creator, and artist. Pierce builds work that represents the world around him - from personal experiences to architecture to nature. In doing so, he creates shapes that are universally identifiable.