Michael Ford Dunton, Castle Valley, Ut

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Moab ArTTrails Co-Founder


The object of my work is to create beauty. The high desert where I live is renowned for its introspective peace and majestic beauty; my work is directed by and reflects the resonance of my surroundings. The mostly abstract forms I create are less about recreating what I see than expressing the emotional interaction between all my senses and the world around me. My focus is bent on the sub-corporeal forces that lie just beneath the surface of form. Forces that are felt rather than seen, such as balance, growth, the pull of gravity and sub-atomic whirlings that are constantly at play in seemingly inanimate objects. The pulse of life beats through everything and I look for the ephemeral movement of life in raw materials that epitomize solidity, mine my subconscious for the fleeting perception of those subtle energies and try to put them into lasting forms that I can see, caress and share.


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Forces at Play V

"Forces at Play V" by Michael Ford Dunton

Moab ArTTrails Co-Founder

Media: Basalt & Steel

Dimensions: 98"h x 20"w x 30"d



Forces at Play V is an extension of a series of works that attempts to give form to the ephemeral and hidden dynamics that support, transport and arrange all the stones in our landscape.

The first four Forces at Play were install at the Moab Crossing on the Colorado Riverway Bike & Pedestrian Bridge on November 15, 2015 as a gift to the residents of Grand County and to act as a launching point for the Moab ArTTrails Public Art Program.


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