Art on the Corner: “Rock Dreaming of Flight”

Rock Dreaming of Flight

SCULPTURE: “Rock Dreaming of Flight” is south of the Blue Moon Bar & Grille, on the northeast corner of the Seventh and Main street roundabout.

ARTIST: Michael Ford Dunton of Castle Valley, Utah.

DESCRIPTION: The large sandstone and steel sculpture towers at 15.6 feet. A thin, arrowhead-shaped piece of sandstone is embedded in a subtle S-shaped piece of thin steel, and mounted through the curves of the steel in two places. The rock sits at an angle, its pointed tip facing upward, like a spaceship, docked and ready for take off. The upper area of the massive sandstone piece is polished smooth and carved with an intricate design of circles and flowing lines. The lower half of the rock is raw and rough to the touch.

INSPIRATION: In Dunton’s artist statement regarding the sculpture, he notes, “I can’t help but ponder the secret lives of rocks and if they are amused by our folly of moving them about.”

For “Rock Dreaming of Flight,” the inspiration was the rock itself, Dunton said.  “Somebody in town had a big supply of sandstone and I wanted to do something big again for Grand Junction.”

As he was going through the piles of tons of stone, “that one stuck out,” he said. “The inspiration came from the stone.”

“I wasn’t always nice, and (the rock) wasn’t always nice either. Working with it is like having a conversation — you have to let it inform you,” Dunton said.

PAST ENTRIES: Dunton has exhibited once before in Art on the Corner with “Grand Current” in 2007.

— By Tammy Gemaehlich


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