Karl Unnasch -- Public Art, Stained Glass and Sculpture

RCTC Installations

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Special thanks go out to:

 

· Newport Beach Sculpture in Civic Center Park Exhibition

· The City of Rochester, Minnesota

· Minnesota State Arts Board

· Sam Spiczka, Mandy Spiczka, Zoe Spiczka

· Paul Spiczka

· Roberto Visani

· ALL PRO Powder Coating

· Hawk & Son’s Inc.

· Knutson Construction

· Kris Douglas

· Phil Ahnen

· Chris Delisle

· Cat Thisius and CATS Photography

· Mary Bruno and Bruno Press

· Richard Unnasch

· Andy Heimdahl and the Pilot Mound Flipping Crew

· Steve and Deb Erickson

· Michael Cimino

· Eric Walton

· Nicole Huss

 

A Groundbreaking Sculpture of Fabricated Steel and Backlit Opalescent Glass

created by Sculptor and Stained Glass Artist Karl Unnasch

 

Spring 2015

 

 

BURNT MATCHSTICK’s BACKGROUND

 

Burnt Matchstick is a creation by Artist Karl Unnasch, whose work has evolved into three-dimensional stained glass and art glass sculptural installations of various forms. 

 

Creation of the piece was made possible in part thanks to a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant. Its inaugural stint in Rochester, Minnesota drew to a close in October 2017, at which time it was moved to California to be featured in the Sculpture in Civic Center Park exhibition in Newport Beach.

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A focal piece in the Newport Beach Sculpture in Civic Center Park Exhibition until 2019, Burnt Matchstick is the first of its kind.

 

Impactful and monumental by day, the revolutionary outdoor piece turns into a glowing beacon of rich color by night. This 40-foot tower of backlit opalescent glass captures a fleeting moment in time: the split-second after which a burning wooden matchstick has been extinguished by a gust of air.

 

A vast play on scale for so trivial an object, Burnt Matchstick is a call to reflection and touches on everything from the boundless potential of a transformative force to notions of fragility, ephemerality, transience and beyond. 

 

 

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THE FUTURE OF

BURNT MATCHSTICK

 

Following the Sculpture in Civic Center Park exhibition, which draws to a close in Fall of 2019, Burnt Matchstick will become available for permanent acquisition or for interim exhibition at other venues.

 

Parties interested in either hosting or acquiring Burnt Matchstick may contact the Artist directly.

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Articles & Press:

 

Finalists for latest Newport Civic Center sculptures go to City Council, Hillary Davis, LA Times, Sep. 15, 2017

 

For Newport's park art, panel's picks echo public preferences, Hillary Davis, LA Times, Aug. 25, 2017

 

Online survey picks public's favorites for next round of Newport sculpture garden, Hillary Davis, LA Times, Aug. 11, 2017

 

Local artist lights a match outside Rochester Art Center, Gretchen Mensink Lovejoy, Bluff Country Reader, Oct. 15, 2015

 

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Burnt Matchstick

photos by Cat Thisius

“... it will inspire generations

to come!”

 

Kokomo Opalescent Glass

 

Karl Unnasch Public Art, Stained Glass and Sculpture

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A Selection of Other Works:

 

Burnt Matchstick

Burnt Matchstick

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FUN FACT:

 

Burnt Matchstick consists of about 90% Kokomo Opalescent Glass from Kokomo, Indiana — one of the oldest and largest, most reputable opalescent glass producers in the country if not the world. 

“Karl Unnasch is a

mid-west whisperer and national treasure.”

 

Chris Pennington,

Twin Cities Public Arts Facilitator

“…[The] arts panel’s top choice…”

 

Los Angeles Times

“A matchstick — an innocuous,
tiny bit of wood. But it is also a starting
point for something potentially much,
much greater than itself.
In its burnt state it begs the staggering
question... of what the implications
might have been.”

 

 


— Karl Unnasch,
Creator of Burnt Matchstick