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Bronze Pour - FREE public art event - & workshops July 18-19 in Lanesboro


Thu, Jul 10th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

A workshop participant carves into a sand resin mold to prepare a design for the Pour.

Lanesboro, Minn. - Lanesboro Arts Center will host the 2014 Bronze Pour in the Gateway Park (across from the softball field, off Cty 8) on Saturday, July 19 from 1-6 p.m. This is a FREE public event for all ages. The Pour will be led by nationally-acclaimed local artist Karl Unnasch, and is held in cooperation with the City of Lanesboro.

Lanesboro Arts Center is offering a “Create your own bronze sculpture” workshop, where participants will carve a reverse relief design into pre-made sand resin molds, preparing their design for the Pour and its transformation into a bronze sculpture. Workshop participants can choose from one of two sessions: Friday, July 18 from 6-8 p.m., and Saturday, July 19 from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. The workshop will be held in the Gateway Park and is open to all ages. The workshop is $25/mold, with registration in advance or day of each workshop. The molds will be approximately 4” x 6”, in the shape of a human footprint. Any text or imagery is possible! Guidance and tools are provided by Karl Unnasch and his team of artists. Finished bronze sculptures can be picked up at the site of the Pour on Sunday, July 20 at 10 a.m. That morning’s schedule will include the unveiling of sculptures, clean-up, and surface preparation/patina finishing. If participants are not able to be there on Sunday morning, sculptures may be picked up at a later date at the Lanesboro Arts Center. To register for the workshop, or for more information, call 507-467-2446.

Folks might be wondering, what exactly IS a Bronze Pour? It is a FREE Public Art Event where people can enjoy the excitement of “art in the making.” Artist Karl Unnasch and workshop participants will have prepared sand resin molds – carving a reverse design – ready to transform into bronze sculpture. Karl’s crew will stoke the gas furnace, and melt bronze (hundreds of pounds of reclaimed brass, wires, pipes, and copper) to the hot, hot temperature of approximately 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit. Bronze consists of at least 51 percent copper, plus tin and nickel and everything from yellow brass to red and silicon bronze. The silicon makes it richer and gives it an extra shine (like hand bells). “Bronze is a friendlier metal than iron,” Karl says. “It is more malleable, it bends rather than breaks, and it melts at a lower temperature.”

The Bronze Pour and the Bronze Workshop are part of the Lanesboro Arts Campus initiative. Artist Karl Unnasch is part of a team of artists, landscape architects, the City of Lanesboro, and Lanesboro Arts Center staff and board, working together on a plan for Arts Campus components. Unnasch will be creating molds to be poured for bronze finials and sculptural pieces ahead of July 19 Pour, and these finished pieces will be included in the parking lot, pedestrian walkway, and green spaces of the Lanesboro Arts Campus. Supported by ArtPlace and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Lanesboro Arts Campus will be comprised of buildings that house the arts (the Lanesboro Arts Center gallery building and the St. Mane Theatre), pedestrian walkways, and arts in public spaces.

Karl Unnasch received his BA in Art from Winona State University in 1995 and his MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth in 2003. The clever aesthetic in Unnasch’s designs tends to evoke a sense of quirky familiarity. With a dedicated sense of whimsy, Unnasch charges himself with the task of combining equal amounts of beauty and invention to create finished public works that primarily identify with the local populace and summarily resonate with the broader audience of the world at large. His smaller-scale work has been exhibited as far as Europe and acclaimed in publications as esteemed as the New York Times and Art in London Magazine. His larger-scale public art can be found in educational facilities and medical wings, banks and theater lobbies, businesses and public gathering spaces. From areas as rural as the cornfields of the Heartland to areas as urban as the threshold of our nation’s capital, Unnasch’s public artworks have been reaching an ever-broader demographic. In part for this very reason, Unnasch now finds that his most rewarding work stems from the public sector. His large-scale public art has been featured on prominent national and even international media including NBC’s ‘Today’ show and Voice of America. In 2013, Unnasch was counted among the Artists of the Year by the Minneapolis CityPages Magazine. His studio, Pilot Mound Design, can be found along Hwy 30, east of Chatfield, Minn.

The Lanesboro Arts Center serves as a regional catalyst for artistic excellence and educational development in providing diverse art experiences for people of all ages. For more information: 507-467-2446 / info@lanesboroarts.org / www.lanesboroarts.org.

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