Poised – David Mudgett

David Mudgett of Walnut Creek is participating in the 2019-2020 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 Sculpture Exhibits. David’s sculpture in the 2019-2020 Sculpture Trail is "Poised" created from steel and granite. It is 48" high x 60" wide x 48" deep. "Poised" is located on the corner of Cloverdale Boulevard and E. 2nd Street. This spider sculpture is sponsored by Plank Coffee Cloverdale and Healdsburg.

According to David, "Spiders have traditionally been given a bad rap, often needlessly destroyed out of fear. They could benefit from a spokesman in their defense. It is my hope that this sculpture will act as an ambassador, provoking the viewer to face his or her fears by looking past the stigma and realizing the true magnificence of these creatures."

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.