KARL UNNASCH: BURNT MATCHSTICK

Jack and Mary Ann Remick Sculpture Garden

June, 2015  – September, 2017

RAC is proud to announce the installation of Burnt Matchstick, a newly commissioned large-scaled sculpture by artist Karl Unnasch, beautifully installed in the Remick Sculpture Garden. This work, resembling a burnt matchstick, is constructed of welded steel and colored glass and is illuminated from within with a solid state LED system, making it visible at night from many viewing perspectives. Standing 40 feet tall, this work represents many things to Unnasch—evidence of an impactful event, fire as a metaphor for both saving and taking life, and the physical relationship to the human figure. This artwork will be a colorful incorporation into a city with few established large public works.

Shannon Fitzgerald, Executive Director states: “It is enthralling to relaunch our sculpture garden with such an awe-inspiring piece that serves as a beacon to our beautiful building, our inspirational community, and to all our visitors seeking a bright light. It is an honor to present Karl’s work, a renowned Minnesota artist, whose dream of seeing this realized, is now a reality.”

Burnt Matchstick is made possible in part by a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant.

Organized by Rochester Art Center and curated by Kris Douglas, Chief Curator

Image credit: Cat Thisius

Funding provided in part by a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and private funders. Rochester Art Center is a fiscal year 2015 recipient of an institutional support grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is funded, in part, by the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.