Statesboro artist and Georgia Southern University professor Marc Moulton has created a piece of art for the Ogeechee Technical College campus. The artwork is displayed on a raised concrete pad near the college’s Health Science Building-South.
According to Moulton, "Entwined" is inspired by the ancient symbol for medicine and health care of a snake curled around a vertical spike, the Rod of Asclepius. Visual inspiration was also taken from the Caduceus, another Greek symbol, because of the strong similarity and striking aesthetic balance. The Caduceus is often mistaken for a medical symbol but historically has stood for other professions.
Standing 14 feet tall, "Entwined" is hand-fabricated in stainless steel with a slightly sanded surface. Moulton created the sculpture after site and content discussions with administrators at the college, who selected the design from several renderings provided by Moulton.
"In designing the sculpture, I was very interested in creating a sense of the vertical and fluidity — that is, of creating a visual rhythm of undulating and curved forms that would be reminiscence of a snake entwined about a pole," he said. "I also wished to update or modernize the symbol to include reference to our digital era by the use of smaller parts or bits and to draw out a stylized reference to the letters OTC."
The sculpture was funded by the Ogeechee Technical College Student Leadership Council through student fees.
"We are grateful to our students for helping beautify the campus," Ogeechee Tech President Dr. Dawn Cartee said. "This sculpture will represent the generosity of our student body for many years to come."
The sculpture faces the fountain and waterfall feature in the center of campus.
"I am quite happy that pedestrians may view the sculpture in personal and multiple ways," Moulton said. "For example, viewers have described the sculpture as a series of waves, a dancing figure, and an abstract interpretation of sound."
"Our campus is inviting and comfortable for students, employees, and visitors, and this artwork will only enhance the aesthetic beauty of the campus and provide a cultural influence for those viewing the sculpture," Cartee said. "Hopefully, we will add other focal point art pieces to campus in the future."