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John T. Unger
Artist, Designer, Entrepreneur + Impossibility Remediation Specialist
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Brook Trout Mosaic No. 2, 2006 Sicis Iridium glass tile, glass taxidermy eye, copper, Hardibacker substrate. 11" H x 19" W x 1.5" D Most of the tile used on this mosaic is from the Iridium line of glass from... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2015 at John T Unger Artist's Portfolio
Rainbow Trout Mosaic, 2006 Sicis Iridium glass tile, glass taxidermy eye, copper, Hardibacker substrate. 9" H x 21.25" W x 1.5" D Most of the tile used on this mosaic is from the Iridium line of glass from Sicis. As... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2015 at John T Unger Artist's Portfolio
3 Billy Goats Gruff Narrative Sculpture, 2006 Recycled steel 11.5" H x 18" W x 6.25" D Collaboration with Mya Smith Private Collection Three Billy Goats Gruff was the first drawing my daughter Mya did for our collaborative series of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2015 at John T Unger Artist's Portfolio
Inquisitive Creature (Little Colossus), 2005 Steel. 44" H x 50" W x 33.5" D Purchase Inquisitive Creature for $1,600 ($1,200 plus $400 Fed Ex Freight). Inquisitive Creature started out as a base for Galaxy No. 3 but soon made it... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2015 at John T Unger Artist's Portfolio
Erastes + Eromenos Marble Mosaic, 2005 Marble mosaic on Durock substrate. Steel frame. 62" H x 38" W x 2" D Buy this mosaic at ArtBuzz The original vase painting this mosaic is based on has been dated approximately 500... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2015 at John T Unger Artist's Portfolio
RumFire at the Sheraton Waikiki has been getting a lot of press…and almost all of it mentions the fire pits I made for them. They installed eight Great Bowls O Fire last year to create intimate settings for patrons to gather over drinks and food in the outdoor lounge area. Here's a few photos they sent me. The top four are print quality, but the last three are smaller. click thumbnail to view larger image. Here's a couple nice quotes I found that mention the fire pits: Private fire pits adorn the stylish outdoor lounge sections, perfect for cozying up with that special someone or socializing with colleagues and friends. The flame-carved fire pits are just one of the well-thought-out elements that create a relaxed,upscale and warm atmosphere, with a view that simply can’t be beat. — Moniz, Melissa. "Igniting Waikiki." Hawaii News If you stick around till Dec. 29, you can check out the new RumFire Lounge at the Sheraton Waikiki, which gets its name from private fire pits and what's billed as the largest selection of vintage rum in the States. — Cooper, Jeanne. "Holiday Happenings and News of the Islands." San Francisco Chronicle The video below has some great footage of the firebowls burning: Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2015 at john t. unger studio
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Smith, Lynn Adams. "Editor’s Pick." Princeton Magazine May-June 2015. Print. Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2015 at pressclips
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Old Glory is an American flag created from over 20,000 Budweiser bottle caps and was commissioned by Golden Voice and Budweiser for the 2015 Stagecoach Music Festival. Measuring ten feet tall by sixteen feet wide, for a total of 160... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2015 at John T Unger Artist's Portfolio
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Old Glory was a huge hit at the festival! Here's a little video of just some of the Instagram selfies taken with the flag. People lined up day and night to take their picture with Old Glory. One thing I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2015 at John T Unger Artist's Portfolio
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My step-son Don drove the flag out to Indio, CA and helped me assemble it when we got there. I'd been very worried that the flag might be damaged by the vibration of a long road trip but it arrived... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2015 at John T Unger Artist's Portfolio
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The trailer is here and it's install day! My studio assistant Jamie and I carry out the first of the big sections. Laying all the panels out and hoping that they fit easily into the framework as planned. My plan... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2015 at John T Unger Artist's Portfolio
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The four main panels are finally finished! I'll add a few fill caps to the seams once it is installed at the festival, but for now, it's ready to travel. Now onward to make the bottom two stripes. To minimize... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2015 at John T Unger Artist's Portfolio
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The stars are finished on panel two! A close up shot of the caps. I love the way this thing looks when you get up close and look across it at a low angle. Note that even though the copper... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2015 at John T Unger Artist's Portfolio
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Beginning the fourth panel. The first step is lining up the rows so that they match the edge of the last panel. This is slightly difficult because they're both 4 feet wide by 8 feet tall so it's quite a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2015 at John T Unger Artist's Portfolio
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Week Three. The first panel is done and the stripes are finished on panel two. I moved on to the third panel partly to give my hand a rest from bending the stars and partly so I could get video... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2015 at John T Unger Artist's Portfolio
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Marcie videotaped the first cap being nailed to the flag. Only 19,999 or so to go! The first couple rows of caps have been applied. Usually, I partially crimp all the caps so that they overlap and have no space... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2015 at John T Unger Artist's Portfolio
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This is how 28,000 bottle caps arrived. The three boxes weighed 131.62 pounds altogether. I had no idea quite what to expect but rather thought the boxes might be a lot larger. It was fortunate that Budweiser donated the caps... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2015 at John T Unger Artist's Portfolio
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Cover art. Erbani, Francesco. Pompei, Italia. Milan: Feltrinelli, 2015. Print. Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2015 at pressclips
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Weber, Cheryl. "Outdoor Products." Custom Home Winter 2013: 52. Print. Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2015 at pressclips
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Stuart, Ryan. "Where There's Fire." Cottage Life Summer 2015: 78-84. Print. Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2015 at pressclips
"Castles." Epic. 30 Oct. 2013. Television. Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2015 at pressclips
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Recio, Belinda. "Playing with Fire— Artist John T. Unger's Beautiful and Functional Firebowls." Organic Spa Magazine May-June 2015: 44-45. Print. Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2015 at pressclips
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Bottle Cap Mosaic Fish No. 55, 2011 plywood, primer, bottle caps, vintage car steel, copper nails 20" x 50" x 1.5" The city of Lincoln City, OR commissioned this Fish and a 41 inch Waves O' Fire Sculptural Firebowl as... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2015 at John T Unger Artist's Portfolio
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Bottle Cap Mosaic Fish No. 54, 2007 plywood, primer, bottle caps, recycled bronze sheet, copper nails 26" x 55.5" x 1.5" This bottle cap mosaic fish was a commission to recreate as closely as possible Bottle Cap Mosaic Fish No.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2015 at John T Unger Artist's Portfolio
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Bottle Cap Mosaic Fish No. 53, 2011 plywood, primer, bottle caps, recycled copper roofing, copper nails 20" x 50" x 1.5" This bottle cap mosaic fish is made from Corona and Corona Light bottle caps. The fins and tale are... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2015 at John T Unger Artist's Portfolio