Over the last 35 years David Middlebrook has compiled a prolific collection of work. In addition to the ceramic work of his early years and the countless small stone and bronze sculptures, he has completed over 50 public and private commissions.
Public & Private
Smaller Stand-Alone Sculpture
14' x 5' x 4' (1999)
Marble, Granite and Bronze
Private Estate Commission-
Palo Alto, California
A semi-spehrical, granite element sits on top of a bronze column makes up the core of this work. This piece acts as the central focus in a courtyard garden outside the living room of the house.
"STEPS IN STONE"
20' 3" x 11' x 8' (2000)
Basalt, Granite & Bronze
Across from Stanford Campus
Westin Hotel- Palo Alto, California
This piece sits in front of the hotel with clear visibility from the road. The naturalbasalt columns have been etched with images derived from pre-historic cave painting that reference the earliest foundations of human progress. The piece becomes more geometrically complex as the it progresses vertically- a metaphor for the evolution of technology.
20' x 24' x 10' (1996)
North American Basalt, Cast patina Bronze
De Anza College
Cupertino , California
The images used in this peice are a collection of native american cave paintings which are brought to life in a 3-D bronze collage that arches above stone elements. As the centerpiece of a circular courtyard in the heart of campus, this piece acts as a natural sundial- a feature that is consistent with the theme of the work in that the sun was an integral part of the largely agricultural native american societies that inhabited this region
19' 6"x 12' x 19" (1993)
Basalt (16 Ton) & Travertine
Peublo Community College
This piece stands in an ampitheatre just outside the architecture building. It references one of the basic fundamental mathematical tools that architects rely on- the number pi. The importance of this tool is echoed in the archways that surround the peice.
Approx. 7000 sq ft. (1989)
Marble, Granite, carved and laminated anchored veneer.
Renasance Tower (RJB Corp.)
This project involved creating a total sculptural environment within the lobby of an office building. The stone relief and inlay covers the floor and all vertical surfaces- the shapes and patterns of the stone composition reference the stratification of the earth's interior and the fluidity of stone during its formation.
120' x 17' x 6' (1996)
Bridge over HWY 80
Davis , California
A Celebration of the ancient cave and rock carvings of the extinct Native American tribes of Yolo County, California. This project involves petroglyph images, as redrawn and abstracted to create a bas-relief surface on both face walls of a cast concrete bridge on the approach road to a bridge over Highway80.
20' x 16' x 12' (1989)
Basalt, Granite & Bronze
Kent County Corrections Facility, Seattle, WA
This piece stands gaurd at the entrance of the Kent county corrections facility. A metaphor for the circumastances in life which require us to choose a path, this piece begs the viewer to think about the raods taken to this point and the decisions that shape ones future.
"SMALL WORLD "
19' x 15' x 10' (1988)
Granite, Bronze, In-laid & Carved Stone
University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa
A 19' bronze spiral precariously cradles a cuboidal representation of the world. THe cube is intracately in-laid in stone and clearly reflects present day global geography. On the floor adjacent to the spiral sits a 5 ton, 5' diameter sphere. While the shape of this element clearly references the earth, the abstract interpretation of the world is a stark contrast to the literalism of the cuboidal earth.
"SOURCE OF THE NILE"
14' x 18' x 12' (2000)
Marble and Bronze
San Jose, California
This piece sits in the backyard of a private estate. It forms an archway between two sculptural elements. The arch itself is a collection of abstract images that reflect the aesthetic of the residents.
12' x 7' x 18" (2001)
This piece sits in the lobby of North American Fujitsu headquarters. It is a wall mounted piece that incorporates the thumb-print of the CEO of the corporation as well as acollection of other abstract shapes and elements.