The Sun Touches All

Rochester, Minnesota

2011

 

Stained glass windows for John Marshall High School

Conservation of Energy

Rochester, Minnesota

2010

 

A series of stained glass windows adorning John Marshall High School, incorporating reclaimed glass and dishware

and created together with the local student body as an integrative learning project

 

Cast Iron and Aluminum Signs

City of Lanesboro, Minnesota

2011

 

Discover Sculpture

Lanesboro, Minnesota

2011

 

An installation of cast iron medallions

positioned throughout the city for the

“Discover Sculpture”

medallion walking tour

 

The award-winning public artwork of Karl Unnasch has been spreading across North America and is rapidly gaining acclaim. It has been featured on prominent national and even international media including NBC’s ‘Today’ show and Voice of America.

 

Found in educational facilities and medical wings, banks and theater lobbies, businesses and public gathering spaces — from areas as rural as the cornfields of the Heartland to areas as urban as the threshold of our nation’s capital — Karl’s public artworks have been reaching an ever-broader demographic. In part for this very reason, Karl now finds that his most rewarding work stems from the public sector.

 

The clever aesthetic in Karl’s designs tends to evoke a sense of quirky familiarity. With a dedicated sense of whimsy, Karl charges himself with the task of combining equal amounts of beauty and invention to create finished public works that primarily identify with the local populace and summarily resonate with the broader audience of the world at large.

 

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The Diorama Wall.

Karl takes a professional approach to developing his public art solutions by using qualified materials, supporting open communication with his clients and meticulously checking that all tasks have been carried out to the highest standards. Karl’s artistic concepts are backed by his many years of expertise in a great variety of methods, including woodworking, metalworking, stained glass, stonework and more.

 

Most of Karl’s public art projects pictured in the gallery below also have a separate “Project Page” of their own with more photos and details — just click on the respective links.   

 

 

 

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Stained Glass Tractor

“NEAR-MINT CONDITION”

For the 2010 Minnesota Biennial

at the Soap Factory in Minneapolis, MN

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This tractor illuminated with backlit stained glass panels in and upon the chassis was created for the 2010 Minnesota Biennial at the Soap Factory in Minneapolis.

 

This outdoor sculpture represents Small Town/Rural values and is simultaneously a beacon of boyhood fantasy, as all of the stained glass images represent popular-culture ‘country boys’ from the Artist’s childhood musings.

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Visit the

Near-Mint Condition Project Page

for more.

Ruminant (the Grand Masticator)

Reedsburg, Wisconsin

2013 (temporary) and 2014 (permanent)

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Stained Glass Harvesting Combine

Originally a temporary installation for a 2013 festival in Reedsburg, Wisconsin, popular demand kept this stained glass harvesting combine in town.  A group of locals banded together to acquire it, and in October 2014, it became a centerpiece in the City of Reedsburg’s brand new Harvest Park.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Near-Mint Condition

Minneapolis, Minnesota

2010

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This series of installations for the Medical Sciences Building at Rochester Community and Technical College includes a stained glass window bay, stained glass light fixtures and sculptural vitrines — all health and medically themed.

 

 

Visit the RCTC Project Page for more.

 

 

 

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custom Unnasch artwork

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Commonweal Stash

Lanesboro, Minnesota

2007

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This series of architectural art installations for the lobby area of the Commonweal Theatre in Lanesboro, MN consists of suspended and interactive sculptural elements, dioramas and vitrines — based on a combination of the detritus of local culture and the Theatre’s own history.

 

The Donor Pantry

 

Visit the

JMHS Project Page for more.

Visit the JMHS Project Page for more.

Bluffland Highlights

Preston, Minnesota

2014

 

 

 

Window detail

Photo credit:  Aaron Dysart

Photo credit:  Aaron Dysart

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Tessellated Mosaic

Harmony, Minnesota

Since 2009

 

 

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Visit the Tessellated Mosaic Project Page for more.

The symbols of the Egg, Berry, and Nut were chosen for their elemental significance to life cycles, nourishment, and natural potential.

Glassicles

Minneapolis, Minnesota

2014

Karl Unnasch’s Glassicles are sculptural art-glass installations which are chandelier-like in design, blending color and light into compelling forms.

 

 

Visit the

Ruminant Project Page

for more.

Visit the

Glassicles Project Page

for more.

This expanding iron tile mosaic is being created via a series of workshops for and with Fillmore Central High School Students and Staff.

This regionally-themed, 4x6-foot stained glass window “puzzle” finds its home

in the main lobby of F&M Community Bank in Preston, MN.

Burnt Matchstick

Rochester, Minnesota

2015

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A groundbreaking sculpture of fabricated steel and backlit stained glass, this 40-foot-tall piece was installed outside the Rochester Art Center in Spring of 2015 and will remain there for a year-long stint.

Visit the

Burnt Matchstick Project Page

for more.

Photo credit:  Cat Thisius

Photo credit:  Gene Pittman

Photo credit:  Gene Pittman

Photo credit: Eric Walton

This stained glass puzzle is located in the children’s play corner of White Bear Lake Public Library.

 

 

 

 

 

Visit the Seasonal  Hide-and-Seek

Project Page                for more.

 

 

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Winter

Summer

Fall

Spring

Seasonal Hide-and-Seek

White Bear Lake, Minnesota

2015

Photo credits:  IMA Senior Photographer Eric Lubrick

A

Public Art Network

Year in Review

Winner for 2013

 

- Americans for the Arts,

Washington, D.C.

 

 

Playtime in Indy

Indianapolis, Indiana

2015 and 2016

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A luscious blend of color and fun, this 50-foot holiday ‘tree’ was crafted entirely of toys and installed on the grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art for the 2015 and 2016 holiday seasons.

 

It is a sequel to Karl’s 2013 work, PLAYTIME JUBILEE.

Visit the

Playtime in Indy Project Page

for more.

Winner of

TWO ICSC

U.S. MAXI Silver Awards

 

Annual Holiday Trees for Downtown Silver Spring

Silver Spring, Maryland  — a Metro D.C. Community

Since 2013

 

— 2015 —

Well-Seasoned Greetings

 

Inspired by the musical Oliver, this food-themed tree celebrated the role food plays in our holiday season, becoming the means by which we celebrate a time of thanks, peace, joy and love.

 

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Silver Symphony

 

Awash with sound, motion, and light, this musically themed holiday tree jingled at passers-by on the whims of the wind, luring them in to the magical music panel to chime in and “play the tree” with a holiday tune of their very own.

 

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Playtime Jubilee

 

This whimsical holiday tree conjured entirely of toys and sporting goods enchanted young and old alike — and even caught the attention of NBC’s Today show.

 

Photo credits:  Cat Thisius

Florid and Droll

Madison, Wisconsin

2015

A series of

gardening-themed

sculptures with

backlit stained glass

 

Visit the

Florid and Droll Project Page

for more.

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Or, visit this page to browse

finished Unnasch pieces

currently available for purchase.

Visit the Commonweal Stash Project Page for more.

 

 

 

Winged Tool Ceiling.

Awarded one of six

Wisconsin Top

Rural Development

Initiatives

in 2016

 

 

 

Tribute ... Tarry (A Moving Water Perspective)

This sculpture for the La Crosse area Habitat for Humanity ReStore was crafted primarily from repurposed construction and housing materials; it features running water during the warmer months.

 

 

Visit the

Tribute...Tarry Project Page

for more.

Bloodroot

Burlington, Ontario, Canada

2016

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Visit the

Bloodroot Project Page

for more.

Made of fabricated steel inset with backlit opalescent glass, this 25-foot wildflower was commissioned for the Dan Lawrie International Sculpture Collection at Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington, Ontario.

 

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Photo credit:  Chris Farias

— 2016 —

Positivi-Tree

 

Hundreds of umbrellas unfurl into a grandiose array representing inclusivity, protection and shelter.

Winner of

an ICSC

U.S. MAXI Silver Award