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4 posts from narrative sculpture

Little Red Riding Hood Narrative Sculpture

little Red riding hood sculpture
Little Red Riding Hood Narrative Sculpture, 2006
Recycled steel,

8.75" H x 20.25" W x 10" D
Private Collection
Collaboration with Mya Smith
 

Little Red Riding Hood is a narrative sculpture that my daughter Mya and I collaborated on. The drawing is hers, the cutting and welding I did. I love the way that she used the tree and the headboard to separate the story into three panels with three scenes.

This one was almost the end of the process, because I made her re-draw the woodcutter about 12 times to get more of a dynamic swing to his axe… she was really frustrated by that, but in the end we both felt the results were worth it.

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The 3 Little Pigs: A Story in Steel

3 little Pigs steel sculpture
3 Little Pigs Story in Steel, 2006
Recycled steel,

14" H x 26" W x 6" D
Collaboration with Mya Smith
Private Collection

My daughter Mya is interested in making comics and she's pretty amazing at it…draws and writes very well. So when she came out this summer, I thought it would be cool to collaborate on some narrative steel sculptures together. She picked the stories, and decided how to lay out the image so that it would carry a narrative without words. I did the cutting and welding and offered a wee bit of editorial assistance in the few places where I thought the image or flow of the story could be stronger. Even though we worked pretty closely together on these, I think Mya could have done them alone if she wasn't a little bit afraid of the sparks in the shop.

The house is made from an old refrigerator drawer and the rest is recycled steel plate. The wind from the wolf's mouth is copper plated welding rod. The plants are scrap left over from cutting out the flames on the Firebird Grill.

This piece sold to Checkered House Gallery the minute Tess saw it.

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The Dancers— Steel + Copper Line Drawing Sculptures

dancing the crane dancer sculpture
Dancing the Crane, 2004
Steel.
61"  x 33" x 8"
Custom Order Item

The Dancer Sculptures come in two styles: the steel and copper version  shown here and a  powder coat enamel version.

In creating these sculptures, I try to capture the essential gesture so precisely that the mind completes the movement—making a still image appear to be in motion. My goal is to create engaging characters which anyone can relate to and enjoy.

These graceful figures suggest both the motion of their dance and the music that moves them. The obvious joy of the figures is engaging— but their simplicity is what really captivates us. We can easily see ourselves, someone we know, or the person we might like to be in this dance.

The simplicity of these figures allows them to fit nearly any story or culture. Equally flexible, the materials are suitable for creating functional work such as fences, railings and furniture or more decorative projects such as relief murals.

Check out the wonderful garden fence I made for Howard Hast & JoAnne Olsen— telling the story of their life together through a series of figures. If you are interested in commissioning a unique piece to express your own story or ideas, please contact me.

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Oh Beautiful Life!
Steel.
69.5"  x 30" x 8"
Custom Order
Dancing the Crane
Steel.
61"  x 33" x 8"
Custom Order
The Flirt
Steel.
52.5"  x 18.5" x 8"
Custom Order
Whoa Nelly!
Steel.
50.5"  x 29" x 8"
Custom Order
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The Flying Game
Steel, copper.
40"  x 22" x 21"
Private Collection
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The Dancers— Dynamic Line Drawings in Steel

Woo Hoo! Powder coat Dancer sculpture
Woo Hoo! Dancer Sculpture, 2006.
Steel.
56.5"  x 27" x 8"
Custom Order Item

The Dancer Sculptures come in two styles: the powder coat enamel version shown here and a  steel and copper version.

In creating these sculptures, I try to capture the essential gesture so precisely that the mind completes the movement—making a still image appear to be in motion. My goal is to create engaging characters which anyone can relate to and enjoy.

These graceful figures suggest both the motion of their dance and the music that moves them. The obvious joy of the figures is engaging— but their simplicity is what really captivates us. We can easily see ourselves, someone we know, or the person we might like to be in this dance.

The simplicity of these figures allows them to fit nearly any story or culture. Equally flexible, the materials are suitable for creating functional work such as fences, railings and furniture or more decorative projects such as relief murals.

Check out the wonderful garden fence I made for Howard Hast & JoAnne Olsen— telling the story of their life together through a series of figures. I've also used similar figures in a Tumbling Acrobat Fence and in Custom Furniture. If you are interested in commissioning a unique piece to express your own story or ideas, please contact me.

oh beautiful life Powder coat Dancer sculpture Dancing the crane Powder coat Dancer sculpture The flirt Powder coat Dancer sculpture Whoa Nelly Powder coat Dancer sculpture
Oh Beautiful Life!
Steel.
69.5"  x 30" x 8"
Custom Order Item
Dancing the Crane
Steel
61"  x 33" x 8"
Custom Order Item
The Flirt
Steel
52.5"  x 18.5" x 8"
Custom Order Item
Whoa Nelly!
Steel.
50.5"  x 29" x 8"
Custom Order Item
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John T. Unger