David Mudgett of Walnut Creek is participating in the Geyserville Sculpture Trail. Inspired by his grandfather, Mudgett was drawn to steel and spent years as a pipe fitter learning the craft. He was fascinated by the ease at which large pieces of metal could be formed into limitless objects, and metal soon became an affliction. Metal fabrication gave him a firm grasp of steel, yet he found the conventional uses littered with boundaries. The fusion of art and steel was calling to him.
Today, David is a full-time sculptor focused on steel and natural elements combined with steel. He views sculpting as offering excitement, intrigue, tests and triumphs with an every changing path. His sculptures have been shown extensively in CA and can be found in both public and private collections. David has received numerous awards including one Best of Show and two Honorable Mentions in past Cloverdale Annual Sculpture Exhibits.
David’s sculpture in the 2017-2018 Sculpture Trail is "Windows" fashioned from steel and stainless steel. It is 80" high x 88" wide x 88" deep. The sculpture is located in the field south of the business district near the entrance to Highway 101, and is sponsored by Bert & Ginny Sandell.
According to David, "Inspired by materials on hand, "Windows" came to light. I built my first sphere 20 years ago and keep coming back to them. With my first rebar spheres, challenges were put before me, which I overcame. As I experiment with different sphere components both the difficulty and fulfillment increase. Each new configuration will offer both hard lessons and inspiring discoveries, leading me forward to the next piece. As always, I enjoyed the challenge this piece presented."