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"Resilience - Still I Rise"


The title of the sculpture represents the challenges of the past, along with the growth and, development of the city of Winston-Salem, NC.  We are a city in a continuous improvement process of building an inclusive community in Arts, Science, Education, Innovation, Technology, and other key areas. Some will see the structure as falling or columns not yet standing tall. This is the process of growth and disruption. Like nature, a city must go through rebirth to come back stronger and better.


It also represents resilience. I strongly relate to all it represents.

Designer, Mona King 

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Our Team

Our Why?

We have diverse backgrounds, training, and areas of expertise.  We share a passion for design, construction, creativity, and supporting our community. We view the creative possibilities as endless and problem-solve together to make them happen. 


  • Our WHY is simple – we enjoy creating and asking, “What if?” 


  • Design and construction are problem-solving


  • We are a team of critical thinkers 


  • We have worked in organizations that require(d) collaboration


  • We  know that in order to succeed we must communicate


  • We respect each other as individuals and part of the team

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Mona King - Designer/Project Manager


Founder/ Chief Creative Cultivator, MONA + ASSOCIATES DESIGN, LLC Winston-Salem, NC

MWBE- HUB Certified / LEED GA / Associate IIDA

A multi-discipline design collaborative provides a holistic approach to Human-centered design; creative development, environmental design, branding, product development, project management, Living Walls, Art, Public Art, and installations. Key areas of focus: Environmental Design through Interior Architecture /Design, Wellness, Biophilic Design, and Creative consulting.


Metalmorphosis, Inc - Fabricators

Welding, machining, and metal fabrication

Metal fabrication shop located in Winston-Salem, NC. Specialize in the design, repair, and building of metal products to meet customers’ needs. Metalmorphosis started in 2006, in a small garage, with the intent to provide high-quality workmanship and personal customer service. Metalmorphosis has since grown out of that garage and into a three-bay shop that can handle large-scale projects alongside smaller repair jobs.


Paul Spainhour

Blacksmith and metal working

As a retired mechanical contractor, Paul Spainhour has 45 years of experience in design, fabrication, and installation. This knowledge has served him well, in his current status as a master blacksmith.


Drew Gerstmyer

Architect, GC, and Real Estate

Real Estate broker, and NC General Contractor, enjoys making scrap art from leftover pieces that is found on job sites. His design work appears in curated locations throughout the city as well as strategically bringing undeveloped real estate areas back to life.

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Select Engineering, PLLC

Founder / Structural Engineer

Meade Willis serves as owner and Principal of Select Engineering – a structural engineering firm providing services throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.  Central to Meade’s work is the understanding that architectural design and structural design are inherently interwoven within the building process.  This knowledge inspires work towards creative structural engineering solutions in support of architecture and results in structures that meet the client’s goal with particular focus on functionality, efficiency, environmental impact, and aesthetics.

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This new Link Apartment building opened Fall 2022 and dedicated the installation"Resilience - Still I Rise". The sculpture is located on 4th near Spruce Street in downtown Winston-Salem, NC.

The sculpture was funded by Grubb Properties and The City of Winston Salem Public Art Commission. Additional materials and support are listed in Sponsors. 

It takes a team to take an idea and create from the impossible challenges of the last 2 years. We had to review materials, apply our skills and technical knowledge combined with experience and meet a budget that the supply chain issues challenged regularly. Along with determination - we Rise...

[Structural Drawings - Select Engineering PLLC]

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These beautiful hand forged leaves are a part of the sculpture representing growth and renewal.

[Blacksmith - Paul Spainhour]

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