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The art of the storm

Local sculptor captures form of June tornado

Brad King was inspired to create a sculpture after witnessing the largest of the June 1 tornado. The Tornadic stands 11 feet tall outside The Seraph on Main Street, a permanent reminder of how dangerous and unpredictable weather can be. Kevin Flanders. (click for larger version)
November 17, 2011
STURBRIDGE — Longtime sculptor Brad King has always been fascinated by severe weather, making his observation of the largest June 1 tornado an especially powerful and exhilarating experience.

King was so moved by the sight of the EF3 twister that he decided to translate the emotions he felt on that afternoon into a work of art.

And so the Tornadic was born — an 11-foot steel sculpture of a tornado in the final stages of life when it takes an elongated shape. The sculpture weighs just under 1,000 pounds, and it is located on a field owned by Alex Pifer, of The Seraph, at the store's 420 Main Street Location.

"Alex was extremely generous to allow me to present my artwork on this property," said King, the director of facilities at Old Sturbridge Village. "I have had a passion for sculpture for many years, and I was very inspired to create this piece of art after witnessing the tornado."

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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