Heswall Sarcophagus is from Tuck Langland’s Sarcophagus Series of sculptures.
People who have followed Tuck’s career for many decades recently got a new look into his thinking at the solo show, Surprise! Abstract Sculptures by Tuck Langland. The exhibition will continue at Fire Arts in downtown South Bend, Indiana until the end of February.
Although the sculptures look abstract, they are based on something in our visual world. The Violin Woman Series compares women to violins.
The Sarcophagus Series imagines that the human body sits on the outside of the coffin, and the soft parts have eroded away, leaving bony protuberances that create a landscape form.
The Landscape Relief cast in aluminum shows a bird’s eye view of a highway cut into a hilly landscape.
A wavy river of steel surrounded by welded arcs shows the City of South Bend that developed around the Saint Joseph River. This was a maquette for Ring Ribbons, Tuck’s first sculpture for Indiana University South Bend.
The more you look, the more you see.
The Dowagiac Chamber of Commerce sent out this photo showing Tuck’s sculpture, Solitude, framed by a wreath of ice during the Annual Ice Sculpture Festival last weekend.
After this sculpture was unveiled, four hundred people came forward
to link hands with the sculpture and with one another
while Tuck led us in singing We Shall Overcome. If we could bottle that
feel-good community moment, there would be
Peace on Earth.
Our Christmas wish for everyone is a happy family, a fair workplace, a caring community, and a reunited nation.
May your heart be happy in the new year.
Janice & Tuck Langland
Tuck’s most recent public sculpture was used as a symbol of commitment to the struggle for equal justice in Saturday’s South Bend Tribune op ed piece. In the photo, robed judges stand on both sides of the sculpture. The article explained that “members of the state and federal judiciary in St. Joseph County gathered on September 7th to show their commitment to equal justice and civil rights.” The op ed piece was written by two of the county judges.
The sculpture depicts Martin Luther King Jr. and Father Theodore Hesburgh at a civil rights rally in Chicago in 1967. It was installed this past June in the Equality and Justice area of South Bend, Indiana. It stands across from the courthouse on Main Street.
The late Father Hesburgh was president of the University of Notre Dame, which is in South Bend. He worked with all presidents from Eisenhower to Obama on many issues, especially civil rights.
“We Shall Overcome” is the name of Tuck’s newest public sculpture. It will be unveiled in downtown South Bend, Indiana this Wednesday morning, June 21, 2017, at 11 AM. The double portrait sculpture commemorates an event that happened on June 21, 1964, when the University of Notre Dame’s Father Theodore Hesburgh locked arms with the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. to sing that song at a rally at Soldier Field in Chicago.
The over-lifesize sculpture will stand in the Leighton Plaza, 130 S. Main Street, across from the courthouse. The public is invited to march to the site from the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, 1522 Linden Ave., leaving at 10:30 AM to arrive at the site for the 11 AM unveiling ceremony. South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Rev. John Jenkins, Notre Dame’s president, Dr. Virginia Calvin, head of the African American Fund of the St. Joseph County Community Foundation, and Tuck Langland, sculptor, will each speak briefly. The ceremony will end with everyone singing We Shall Overcome.
Tuck Langland recently received word that he received a Best of Show award of $1,000 for his outdoor sculpture, Solitude. It is in the SculptureWalk show in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. This outdoor exhibition continues through September 30, 2017.
Recent University of Maryland graduate, Hayley Fixler, granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, interviewed Tuck at the Midwest Museum of American Art.