Eclipse – David Mudgett

David Mudgett of Walnut Creek is participating in the Cloverdale Sculpture Trail. 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. This year, 2018-2019 Trail, David’s sculpture received the "Judges’ Award" for his sculpture "Eclipse", which was created from steel is 48" high x 48" wide x36" tall. The sculpture sponsored by Nancy Dalwin of the Cloverdale Arts Alliance is located in front of the Arts Alliance building.

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.

As with the majority of his works, David describes "the shapes of the materials at hand inspire the pieces. Eroded spheres were originally inspired by a pile of rebar rings. Turning the rings into spheres seemed like the most natural thing to do. When you’re looking through the Hubble telescope or an electron microscope, you can’t escape the fact that spheres dominate our universe. We are built of spheres, as is everything we see touch and feel."