Karl Unnasch -- Public Art, Stained Glass and Sculpture

for the International Sculpture Collection at

Royal Botanical Gardens’ Hendrie Garden

in Burlington, Ontario, Canada

 

 

July 2016

 

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Bloodroot

Bloodroot Sculpture by Karl Unnasch
Royal Botanical Gardens
Burlington, Ontario, Canada

Karl Unnasch Public Art, Stained Glass and Sculpture

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Special thanks go out to:

 

· Dan Lawrie

· Royal Botanical Gardens

· Cobalt Connects

· Jeremy Freiburger

· Nancy Turner

· Sam Spiczka

· ALL PRO Powder Coating

· Joe Forrer

· Kitestring

· Chris Farias

· Welke Customs

· Chris Vogen

· Richard Unnasch

· Steve Erickson

· Ryker Bergo

· Andy Heimdahl

· Eric Decker

· Eric Walton

· Natalie Philippe

· Winnie Unnasch

· Nicole Huss

A Selection of Other Works:

 

Photo credit: Jeremy Freiburger

“The bloodroot holds a special place in my heart ...

My earliest memory is when my mother snapped off a bloodroot leaf from her flower bed in Spring and showed me how to make my first marks with its orange sap on my forearm.”

 

 

            — Karl Unnasch,

Creator of Bloodroot

Sanguinaria Canadensis -- More Than Meets the Eye

Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) in Burlington, Ontario is the largest botanical garden in Canada, a National Historic Site, and registered charitable organization with a mandate to bring together people, plants and nature.

 

In 2013, local businessman Dan Lawrie made a 10-year commitment to donating sculpture to Royal Botanical Gardens, thus creating The International Sculpture Collection.

 

Karl Unnasch has designed and created a new work for the Dan Lawrie International Sculpture Collection at Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington, Ontario.

 

Bloodroot — a 25-foot fabricated steel structure inset with backlit opalescent glass joined the collection in July 2016 as the largest installation in its history. The work depicts one of Spring’s most delicate and unique native wildflowers — Sanguinaria canadensis.

 

Native to Eastern North America, the delicate and unique flower with blood-red sap is one of the first woodland plants to greet the Spring as it contrasts its structure with the more innocuous plants surrounding it. Also known for its medicinal, spiritual and aesthetic properties by First Nations people, it continues to maintain noteworthy historical and reverent status. The species is also found in the Artist’s native Minnesota and held special allure for him in his youth.

 

An extra-special shout goes out to Artist Sam Spiczka for his painstaking fabrication of the metalwork on this piece.

 

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Photo credit: Chris Farias

Cobalt Connects is the non-profit arts service organization which manages Lawrie’s collection and a number of other public art programs in the region.

 

Photo credit: Jeremy Freiburger

Photo credit: Jeremy Freiburger

“This piece is

so photogenic.”

 

— Jeremy Freiburger,

Cobalt Connects

Bloodroot consists primarily of Kokomo Opalescent Glass from Kokomo, Indiana — one of the oldest and largest, most reputable opalescent glass producers in the world.

Inaugural lighting

of Bloodroot

 

(Jeremy Freiburger’s

live video feed

on Facebook)

 

 

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A video tribute

to Bloodroot

 

by Chris Farias

 

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Photo credit: Jeremy Freiburger

Photo credit: Chris Farias