Travelling along Highway 30 through southeastern Minnesota will eventually find you passing through the hamlet of Pilot Mound. A quaint reminder of former commerce in architectural form stands along this highway. What was once the local mercantile store for area residents has been transformed; now housing the studio of the artist Karl Unnasch.
Karl finds value and effective use in quite possibly everything he comes across. His experience with reclaimed materials is vast and continues to expand. Raw materials are collected, categorized and then recycled into new materials. Found objects are repurposed into clever new designs for living architectural flair, pure aesthetics, and functional gear. The conversion of material and objects is limitless. Would you like to convert a log cabin? He can do that. Would you like a series of expressive window treatments made from reclaimed stemware? He can do that. Want your pet companion memorialized in cast bronze? Brass? Iron? Stainless Steel? He can do that. Do you want your bathroom faucets to lyrically flow from the ceiling and collect in a striking cast bronze basin in the middle of the room? He can do that. Mortared stone combined with pottery shards, cast-offs, and other cultural miscellany? He can do that.
This artist is not afraid of a challenge. You bring the design problem…he will offer the solution. He likes to say “Yes! Let’s do that.”
Karl’s fine art background continues to inform his designs. He continues to exhibit his work nationally and has participated in several major arts residencies. He directs Standard Issue Cast Metals, which is an art foundry retreat for artists. His outreach program brings cast metal sculpture into high schools where he collaborates with art students to make permanent installations for their communities.
Contact Pilot Mound Design to find out how Karl can help you to realize a clever dream.
for an online portfolio of
Karl's fine art.