Artist Rudy Rudisill drew his inspiration for "Farmstead" during a trip through the American countryside.

Driving down the back roads of New England, Rudisill was taken by how neat and compact the farms seemed - especially compared to what he had seen out west.

Up north, the farmhouses, barns and silos are so compact, Rudisill observed, they almost look as though they're stacked up on top of each other.

With that image as his guide, Rudisill fashioned "Farmstead" from galvanized steel and rivets - a form of craftsmanship commonly found on the farm.

4ST FarmsteadYou'll find this sculpture on the north side of The Clayton Center facing East Second Street.

Rudy Rudisill is new to the Clayton Sculpture Trail, and we think you'll agree, he makes a great addition. Rudisill lives west of Charlotte in Gastonia, where he works at the Schiele Museum of Natural History, preparing exhibits and as an artist.

Rudisill has studied at the Florida Guild of Goldsmiths Workshops, Appalachian Center for Crafts, Arrowmont School of Crafts, Penland School of Crafts, Haywood Technical Institute and Central Piedmont Community College.

His work has won awards at festivals in North Carolina, Tennessee and South Carolina.

You might have seen his art in publications such as World Sculpture News, The Metal Craft Book, Carolina Arts, The Charlotte Observer, Creative Loafing and the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Welcome to the Clayton Sculpture Trail, Rudy Rudisill!