Photo by Cat Thisius
Photo by Cat Thisius
Photo by Cat Thisius

HEALTHY ACQUAINTANCES

 

A bay of clerestory windows faces the blue walk-bridge and outdoor green space next to the students’ study area near the mini café. Here is installed a mural of laminated stained glass panels in this upper bay of windows. The design of these panels was inspired by the walk-bridge just outside. 

 

As seen on this path (and as exemplary of the students, staff and faculty of Rochester Community and Technical College), the imagery of the stained glass depicts a culturally diverse group of people engaged in healthful activities (family, fellowship, physical health, happiness, communication, education, love, etc.). The varying amber background glass references the sun’s rays, the source for all life on our planet. The undulating DNA helix also serves to link all the imagery together as the representation of our genetic commonality. 

 

As the study area serves as a breathing space for students to take a break from the rigors of their class labors, this set of panels offers a touching reflection of elements of a healthy lifestyle and the bonds that link us all together.

ICONS OF MEDICINE

 

In the curving nexus stairwell that is the heartbeat of the building’s design is a light fixture consisting of three independently floating asymmetrical stained glass panels depicting iconographic imagery that exemplifies the past (The Rod of Aesclepius), the present (the caring hands of adult and child superimposed over a stethoscope) and the future (a DNA helix segment) of medical education/nursing.

 

The panels are made up of Tiffany-style art glass permanently set into metal frames. The blue and gold/yellow border glass is representative of the RCTC school colors.

RANDOM SURVEY PULSE

 

In an arterial hallway leading from the stairwell area outward to the rest of the building is a set of fabricated sealed running vitrines. The overall design of these aluminum shelving displays emulates the abstracted analog pulse of a heart rate as seen on a digital monitor. These vitrines are illuminated with the use of low voltage LED lighting. A random yet vast array of material data is ensconced within them.

Healthy Acquaintances, Icons of Medicine, and Random Survey Pulse
A Series of Permanent Public Art Installations by Karl Unnasch
for Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC) — Medical Sciences Building, Rochester, MN

Photos by Cat Thisius

Rod of Aesclepius

DNA

Healing Hands

The criteria for selection of these objects of cultural ephemerae is that each item has some connection (be it either grand or miniscule) to the ongoing history of medicine — including items such as surgical tools, books, letters, uniform components, pharmaceutical bottles, chemistry paraphernalia, bric-a-brac, entertainment items, keepsakes, memorials, toys, games, and so on. The display method of these items is random and visually clever. 

This group of materials has been gleaned from a diverse community of commercial outlets (such as medical supply companies, private collections, online auctions, social media campaigns, antique stores, consignment shops, dollar stores, etc.).  These “chock-full” vitrines serve as a whimsical musealogical sealed array to equally please and inform passers-by.

Photos by Cat Thisius

Photos by Cat Thisius

Other Public Works by Karl Unnasch in the City of Rochester:

 

At John Marshall High School:

Conservation of Energy and The Sun Touches All

 

A series of stained glass window bays at John Marshall High School.

This set of installations incorporates reclaimed glass and dishware and was created together with the local student body as an integrative learning project.

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Rochester’s Ardee Awards

 

A series of bronze trophies designed and cast by Karl Unnasch, annually since 2013

for The Fête—Celebrating Excellence in the Arts at the Mayo Civic Center

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Karl Unnasch also designed and annually casts the trophies for Rochester’s Ardee Awards:

 

Burnt Matchstick

 

This 40-foot-tall steel-framed stained glass sculpture referencing a burnt wooden matchstick was installed outside the Rochester Art Center in Spring of 2015.

Rochester, Minnesota

 

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Special thanks go out to:

 

· Rochester Community and Technical College

· Rochester Welding

· Kuntz Electric

· Jarad Christianson

· Matt McCann

· Cambid Choy

· Jim Amundson

· Cat Thisius and CATS Photography

· Nicole Huss

 

‘Healthy Acquaintances’ depicts a culturally diverse group of people engaged in healthful activities

The varying amber background glass references the sun’s rays, the source for all life on our planet.

The undulating DNA helix also serves to link all the imagery together as the representation of our genetic commonality. 

‘Icons of Medicine’:  The past, present and future of medical education

‘Random Survey Pulse’:  The abstracted, analog pulse of a heart rate houses a miniature museum of medical ephemerae

Karl Unnasch -- Public Art, Stained Glass and Sculpture

for Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC), Medical Sciences Building

in Rochester, Minnesota

 

 

.Installed 2011

 

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Healthy Acquaintances, Icons of Medicine, Random Survey Pulse

Karl Unnasch Public Art, Stained Glass and Sculpture

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Adorning the halls and walls of the Medical Sciences Building at Rochester Community and Technical College is an eclectic set of sculptural and stained glass installations by Karl Unnasch. Included are a stained glass window bay, stained glass light fixtures and sculptural vitrines — all health and medically themed.

 

Karl Unnasch was selected for this 2011 project from among a Percent for Art in Public Places pool of applicants.

 

 

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