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Volume 26, Number 4 — April 2019

VI Professor's Sculpture Selected for National Competition

Dr. Marvin Tadlock is shown with his unique sculpture,
Dr. Marvin Tadlock is shown with his unique sculpture, "Trinity."

March 01, 2011

BRISTOL, VA — Marvin Tadlock, professor of art at Virginia Intermont College, has a unique sculpture selected for a national competition. Tadlock's moving kinetic sculpture "Trinity" is installed at the University Mall in Chapel Hill, N.C., as part of the Sculpture Visions Outdoor Exhibit, an annual national competition. The exhibit runs through October 2011.

"One of the fascinations in working in the sculptural medium is the act of balancing a work making the visual balance and the physical balance work convincingly together. Kinetic sculpture adds another element to the mix, movement," Tadlock says.

"Trinity" is a wind-activated, self-righting, pivotal, type kinetic work. It has three, independently operating blades that move on knife-sharp edges in response to the slightest breeze.

"Seeing each of the blades respond differently to the wind invites the viewer to gaze just a few more moments, maybe attempting to determine some type of programmed order existent in the work of which, there is none," he says.

Tadlock has devoted the past 38 years to teaching, creating art and helping others to discover, enjoy and create art. He has several large works on yearly loan across the southeast and smaller pieces are in competitions in the U.S. and abroad.

Tadlock obtained his bachelor of fine arts and master of fine arts degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and an Ed.D. from the University of Georgia.