Karl Unnasch -- Public Art, Stained Glass and Sculpture

Rustician

Rustician (hunt and gather... seek and find)
A Stained Glass Tractor in Montevideo, Minnesota

Karl Unnasch Public Art, Stained Glass and Sculpture

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Special thanks go out to:

 

· Kristi Fernholz and the Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission

· Mary and Patrick Moore

· MAP—Montevideo Arts Project

· Steve Jones and the City of Montevideo

· Aaron Blom

· Dallas Ross from the Upper Sioux Community (special thanks for pre-industrial food sources)

· Jianhua Qian

· Dana Conroy, Ben Dempcy, Patrick Moore and Pioneer Public Television

· Manahan Machine Shop

· Andy Heimdahl

· Sam Bruno

· Suzy Slater

· Sqvibl & Lil Boi

A Selection of Other Works:

 

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created by Karl Unnasch

 

for the City of Montevideo, Minnesota

 

Oct. 2017

The City of Montevideo, Minnesota is now home to a new work by Karl Unnasch: RUSTICIAN, an antique tractor bedecked with original backlit stained glass in the Artist’s signature style.

 

Symbolic of the transition from the pre-industrial to the post-industrial era, the 1930s McCormick Deering tractor tells a tale of local history through the emblematic stained glass imagery with which it is accoutered. Either directly agriculture-related or highlighting key support roles in the region's agricultural history, the seek-and-find visuals depict subjects which have been significant to the region across time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STAINED GLASS PANEL IMAGES

 

RIGHT REAR WHEEL 

4 LEAVES AT CARDINAL POINTS:

American Elm, Green Ash, Plains Cottonwood, Silver Maple

NON-TREE PLANTS (pre-industrial):

Yellow Water Lily (tiwapa), Arrowhead Plantain, Prairie Turnip (tipsina) braid, Cat Tail, Staghorn Sumac, Juneberry

 

LEFT REAR WHEEL 

4 LEAVES AT CARDINAL POINTS:

Black Walnut, Bur Oak, Boxelder, Quaking Aspen

NON-TREE PLANTS (post-industrial):

Corn, Sugar Beet, Hops, Oats, Wheat

 

‘LIGHTNING’ ENGINE COVER  (right side)

SPIRIT-OF-NATURE BORDER:

Lightning and storm cloud, floodwaters with tree and house, snowdrifts

ANIMALS: Draft Horse, Whitetail Fawn

OTHER: Dugout canoe (found by Ole Torgerson), 1880 schoolhouse turret, Almond Joy pie, Heddon River Runt fishing lure, Laq qui Parle mission bell tower, Soybean

 

‘TORNADO’ ENGINE COVER  (left side)

SPIRIT-OF-NATURE BORDER:

Tornado and storm cloud, drought hills, prairie fire

ANIMALS: Lake Sturgeon, Canada Goose, Great White Pelican, Plains Buffalo

OTHER: José Artigas statue arm, Wild Squash, Laq qui Parle Dakota mission symbol, Chippewa County Bank turret

 

RADIATOR (front)

Vintage McCormick Deering manual graphic

 

FLYWHEEL  (right side)

Our Sun

 

“As a land-bridge between the urban and the natural, the Farmer is a traditional surveyor of knowledge.”

 

 

                                                 — Artist Karl Unnasch

“Images representing the Spirit of Nature — such as extreme wind, temperature, and moisture levels — serve as a tribute to Land Stewards' many challenges throughout time.”

 

                    — Artist Karl Unnasch

A Reflection of - and on - Local History:
Rustician Stained Glass Tractor in Montevideo, MN

Photo credit:  Kristi Fernholz