Eternal Flame Sculpture in a Yoga Labyrinth

Eternal Flame Sculpture in labyrinth at Yoga Studio

I'm always excited to see where my art winds up, but I especially like when it finds a place where it brings meaning to it's new home. Rhett ordered an Eternal Flame Sculpture as a present for his girlfriend's birthday which became the centerpiece of a labyrinth attached to their new Yoga Studio.

Eternal Flame Sculpture in labyrinth at Yoga Studio

Rhett was also kind enough to write me an email explaining how the sculpture had meaning for both of them in their Yoga practice. Here's his email in full:

Here are two photos of your sculpture in the labyrinth. In GA we rarely get snow, so these are extra special! It is hard to see the sculpture in the middle in the wide shot, but in the close-up you can't see the scope of the labyrinth, hence both shots… Hope you enjoy them!

I would be honored for you to put the photos on your site! They don't compare to the others, with your beautiful fire bowls placed in settings made just for them overlooking gorgeous scenery… But maybe I can be an inspiration for the "ordinary man" (or woman, as the case may be).

The sculpture sits in the center of our labyrinth. A labyrinth is a path for walking meditation where you are encouraged to walk deliberately in order to slow down from your hectic life, consider what is truly important to you, and what you'd like to focus on creating in your life. Sometimes people walk while pondering a problem and often a solution will appear.

The flame sculpture is perfect because it can resonate on so many different levels. Appreciation of fire is universal among all cultures and means different things to each person. For me, it represents tapas. Tapas, in Sanskrit (the language of yoga) translates as fire, heat, commitment, determination. Through my determination and commitment to my daily yoga practice I can burn away all of the habits that keep me from being the best person I can be. For my partner, the flame represents the Light that resides in all of us, the universal goodness that pervades all of nature. Each person can define what the flame means and hopefully it will help them focus during their walking meditation.

And it's beautiful to boot!

I have really appreciated our email chats and it makes me feel even more connected to the sculpture through getting to know you just a little bit. There is a real person who created it!! :)


Custom Security Grates with Kinetic Sculpture Design

These two grates are a commission for an apartment building in Texas. Both are made from recycled/reused components (other than the steel for the frame). Both grates have kinetic elements that spin, turn or bobble.

I love adding moving parts to fences, gates and grates to give them a more dynamic and interactive presence.

Fiery Fleur-de-lis firebowls on Lake Okanagan near Kelowna, BC

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Modern Luxury visits Rumfire, films Great Bowl O' Fire

Modern Luxury got some awesome video of my Great Bowl O' Fire firebowls at RumFire while doing a feature on the restaurant.

Great Bowls O' Fire at Tiki Beach, Grand Cayman

Tiki Beach is a newly launched premium quality beach facility on 7 Mile Beach, Grand Cayman Island offering visitors a full range of guest experiences including a restaurant, bar, and beach activities. With a dramatic Polynesian styled roof, and four Great Bowl O' Fire firebowls, Tiki Beach has already become a navigational landmark for sailors.







The Big Bowl O' Zen firebowl at Southwest Porch in Bryant Park, NYC


The Southwest Porch, located near the southern end of the Fountain Terrace, offers all visitors the ambience and luxury usually available only to a few. Equipped with a wood fueled Big Bowl O' Zen firebowl, Adirondack chairs, sofas, and couches typical of those found at expensive hotels and resorts, Southwest Airlines is giving all of New York an al fresco lounge to celebrate its new service to LaGuardia Airport.

Plus, stop by The Porch with your laptop, iPod, or cell phone for a different type of refueling – power outlets are available to keep all of your devices going.

The Porch is open every day, serving specialty snacks and drinks provided by ‘wichcraft. Founded by New York chef Tom Colicchio of craft, craftbar and craftsteak, ’wichcraft has received numerous accolades for its inventive menu and dedication to using high quality, seasonal ingredients. New York Magazine has named ‘wichcraft one of New York’s "best cheap eats" two years in a row.



Great Bowls O' Fire at the Parc Hotel, Honolulu, HI

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Three of my Great Bowl O' Fire firebowls adorn the roof top pool at Parc Blue.

Waikiki Parc Hotel is the chicest boutique address in Waikiki featuring urban tropical interiors, rich ebony hardwoods, illuminated glass walls, undulating acrylic panels and selective works of bold art combined with innovative aesthetic technology and warm, personalized service. The property boasts a seductive roof top pool called Parc Blue, a sophisticated hospitality center called Connect, a contemporary conference center called Merge and the hottest restaurant in Oahu, Nobu Waikiki.

Great Bowls O' Fire at Rumfire


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One of the best photos I have of the Great Bowl O' Fire was shot at Rumfire, Waikiki Beach. The eight firebowls at the beach front patio have become one of the hallmarks of the restaurant. One of these days I am totally gonna have to visit Honolulu and try their amazing selection of rums.

Located in the heart of Waikiki, RumFire promises to be Oahu's hippest place to see and be seen.  Set against the alluring backdrop of Diamond Head, the oceanfront hideaway offers the largest selection of vintage rum in the United States, an amazing choice of food and fire pits adorning the 7,000 square-foot interior.

Bottle Cap Fish Mosaic No. 51

Bottlecap fish mosaic number 51

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This bottle cap fish mosaic was a recent commission based on Bottle Cap Mosaic Fish No. 47. I love the fins, which were cut from an old Chevy van of some kind… the grooves in the car body metal were perfect for fins.

The other difference between this and No. 47 are the silver caps. On No. 47, I used the old style of Bud Light caps which have been discontinued. Here, I used Becks for both the face and the silver belly. I wasn't sure I liked the silver Becks caps until I started the Heineken rows. The red shields on the Becks caps tie in well with the Heineken red stars, and the Becks shields in the face area. The most interesting thing about working with small patterned units like the bottle caps is the way that, from a distance, the colors on each bran of cap become like the Benday dots in printing to create one solid color tone from multiple small bits of color.

Art Is War so Hazel Dooney is Rallying Reinforcements for John T. Unger


Hazel Dooney has built an international reputation as an intensely creative and productive artist in complete control of her destiny. She's a pioneer and an oft-studied example of how an individual artist can use online media (and hard work) to manage their careers more effectively than within the traditional gallery system.

Hazel has always been an ardent and vehemently vocal supporter of the rights of the independent artist. My decision to use art as a means of fighting the injustice facing me was inspired by Hazel's example of using art and social media to level the playing field between those who make art and those who attempt to control it. This is an opportunity to purchase a Hazel Dooney original at a price which is affordable and help in the fight for a good cause that is in the interest of ALL artists.

Hazel has graciously donated one of each color of her recent NO! Stencils – except the white. The donated prints are faux-fluorescent lime, Dooney pink, industrial safety orange, papal purple and pitch black. Each is a signed artist's proof, endorsed on the back with the words, "Artist's proof sold to defend the rights of John T. Unger" and signed by both Hazel Dooney and John T. Unger.

The prints are 40cm x 60cm (or 15.7” x 23.6”), hand-stencilled in high gloss enamel on 64cm x 86cm (or 25.2" x 33.9") 100% cotton, museum-quality, white Alpharag 4ply archival board.

To see the full edition of the YES? and NO! prints, visit Hazel's site, where you can buy individual prints or the full series from the artist.

There are five editions of 25 signed and numbered (on front) prints of each image, in five different colors: faux-fluorescent lime, Dooney pink, industrial safety orange, papal purple and pitch black.

The 'artist's proof' edition is limited to 10 prints of each image, signed and numbered, in virginal white gloss enamel on matt white board.

It's intended that different versions of the same – or opposite – messages can be hung together.

Since 2006, Hazel Dooney has emerged as one of the Asia-Pacific region's most controversial young female artists. According to the Australian Financial Review, she "walks the razor's edge between respect and celebrity in today's artworld" (September, 2006). Her work in various media has hung in solo and group shows Australia, the USA, the UK and Japan and is included in private, corporate and institutional collections in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, the UK, and the USA.

You can learn more about (and from) Hazel Dooney on her web site, blog and Twitter. A great introduction to her work, career and ideas can be found in the recent intervies she did for Lateral Action and Hugh MacLeod's Gaping Void blog.

If you are an artist and would like to contribute art to the Legal Defense Fund Sale you can do so by uploading your art (or a link to an online listing) here.

John T. Unger