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Kootenay Life Obelisk

The Last Campfire

Year: 2019
Medium: steel and patinated copper
Price: $ 5,400
Dimensions: 3' x 4'6" x 4'


Jim Unger

Abbotsford, BC

Jim Unger has been creating dynamic pieces of art for the last 15 years. It is still a part time pursuit for him though, a pastime that allows him “to let the ideas and thoughts flow.”

His full time work is as a cabinetmaker. While one would think that permits ample
artistic expression it isn’t so, at least not to the degree Unger would like.
“It’s why I sculpt,” he says. “I get the plans (for cabinets) from an architect or a
contractor and have to replicate them exactly. Not too much creativity there.”
So, sculpting is that necessary creative outlet. As a sideline it has stood him in good stead. His work is displayed in public and private collections across Canada;
several works are now residing in Europe as well. One of ten sculptors chosen for display this year, he recently sent a piece not unlike the one he displays here to the Oak Bay Arts Alive sculpture show.

That work and The Last Campfire are “two of the few environmentally focused sculptures I’ve done. While I’m not a big fan of artistic statements, they seem
frighteningly apropos given the way we’re going.” Beautifully composed, it is a simple, thought provoking piece. Four “logs” four sided rectangular steel frames with patinated copper inserts are stacked against one another held in place by small copper fasteners. Small solar powered LED lights inside will illuminate the copper pieces. The bottoms of the “logs” are held in place by small screws to enable replacement or repair if needed. Representing a disappearing symbol of wilderness, open spaces, and outdoor living, The Last Campfire is cleverly utilitarian. It’s also powerful in what it says about us, and the future.

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