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PLAYTIME IN INDY

A holiday “tree” made all of toys by Karl Unnasch for Newfields
(formerly the Indianapolis Museum of Art) 
in Indianapolis, Indiana

- Since 2015 -

Playtime in Indy - A Holiday Tree Made All of Toys for Newfields by Karl Unnasch, Indianapolis, IN. Photo: Eric Lubrick

There’s a kid in all of us — and this work by Karl Unnasch is just the thing to bring it out.

Crafted from kiddie pools, playsets and other colorful toys, PLAYTIME IN INDY is a magical ‘tree’ that musters visions of the holidays and serves as a beacon to children young and old.

The 50-foot work — delightful as it is by daylight — becomes truly luscious at night: Inspired by his work with stained glass in a sculptural context, Unnasch lights the piece from within, effectuating a glow of dreamlike color.



Foreground & background photos: IMA Senior Photographer Eric Lubrick 
Background photo on top block: IMA Senior Photographer Eric Lubrick 



Playtime in Indy - A Holiday Tree Made All of Toys for Newfields by Karl Unnasch, Indianapolis, IN. Photo: Eric Lubrick



“At night the piece glows from within to create a spectacular stained glass effect...”

— Scott Stulen, Former Curator of Audience Experiences and Performance, Indianapolis Museum of Art
 



Photo: IMA Senior Photographer Eric Lubrick 




Playtime in Indy - A Holiday Tree Made All of Toys for Newfields by Karl Unnasch, Indianapolis, IN. Photo: Eric Lubrick



“The colorful, whimsical installation […] provides a unique contrast to the historic estate and 
offers the perfect family photo opportunity.”
 

— indywithkids.com 



Foreground & background photos: IMA Senior Photographer Eric Lubrick




Video 1: About PLAYTIME IN INDY

from the ‘Karl Unnasch Art’ YouTube channel

Video 2: The Making of PLAYTIME

Stop-motion video of the making of PLAYTIME IN INDY 2015, courtesy of Newfields:

Playtime in Indy - A Holiday Tree Made All of Toys for Newfields by Karl Unnasch, Indianapolis, IN. Photo: Eric Lubrick




Articles & Press:  

· 40-foot toy Christmas tree puts a twist on IMA tradition: Artist Karl Unnasch’s latest installation at Indianapolis Museum of Art revamps holiday traditions and benefits local charities, Marah Harbison, IndyStar, November 8, 2015

· Must Do: Christmas at the Lilly House; Don’t forget the 50-foot Playtime in Indy Holiday Tree, Jeanine Bobenmoyer, Indy’s Child Parenting Magazine, November 20, 2015 



Foreground & background photos: IMA Senior Photographer Eric Lubrick







Playtime in Indy - A Holiday Tree Made All of Toys for Newfields by Karl Unnasch, Indianapolis, IN. Photo: Eric Lubrick



Special thanks go out to: 

· Newfields / Indianapolis Museum of Art
· ENJOINERY, for tree framework fabrication
· Once Upon A Child—La Crosse
· Ephroymson Family Fund
· Scott & Rachel Stulen
· Eric Walton
· Suzy Slater
· Michael Cimino
· John Ready
· Cindy & Joe Forrer
· Nancy and George Slater
· Stena & Rowan Lieb
· Nancy Unnasch
· Eric Lubrick
· Sqvibl and LilBoi 

· The 2015-2019 IMA/Newfields Staff/Student Crews, including:
· Marc Anderson
· Ezra Birt
· Gregory Boll 
· JoAnn Boven 
· Frank Clifford 
· Angela Day
· Phil Day
· Emma Falcon
· Emily Freese
· Jason Hamman 
· Lindsay Hamman
· Nicole Hunt 
· Bryn Jackson 
· Yasmine Kaseem 
· Grant Keeney
· Joe Lyons 
· John McCormick 
· Jacob Metzinger 
· Jon Montgomery 
· Colin Tuis Nesbit
· Ashli Pettibone
· Molly Reynowsky 
· Tariq Robinson 
· Alexander Rodgers 
· Jen Rozelle 
· Brittany Rudolph
· Julie Sauer
· Scott Schoultz
· Jeremy Shubrook 
· Taylor Sitorius
· Suzy Slater
· Elliott Smith
· Scott Stulen 
· Nancy Unnasch
· Roseanne Winings

· All those who voted for PLAYTIME IN INDY during the Americans for the Arts / KRIS Wines “Art of Giving” campaign 






Foreground & background photos: IMA Senior Photographer Eric Lubrick