“I've always loved architecture, and because these fire features are an extension of the home, I was inspired to base the first designs on architectural motifs from different styles and periods,” said Unger. Future designs will reference other architectural motifs including Art Deco, Modernist, Prairie Style, and others.” Unger’s plan for the line is to eventually create designs to fit any period home as well as narrative panels and designs based on forms from natural history.
“Like my Sculptural Firebowls, the Flat Pack Architectural Fire Feature is first and foremost a beautiful sculpture designed to interact with the light and shadow of fire,” said Unger. “But it is also a new direction. Unlike the standard oxidized patina of my recycled work, Flatpack Fire Features are laser cut from heavy-duty stainless steel, retain their original finish and are surface friendly for decks, patios or stonework.” The thick stainless steel construction is resistant to corrosion enabling the fire features to last for generations in the out of doors including coastal installations.
The interior of the Fire Feature glows a warm orange while the exterior is backlit in silhouette. The sunburst of rays casts lively and beautiful shadows projected by dancing flames. This play of light and shadow, positive and negative space and projected imagery is reminiscent of another Victorian classic, the magic lantern. Even when not in use, the Fire Feature functions as gorgeous outdoor sculpture, harnessing the sun's passing to craft intricate shadows that slowly shift like the shadow of a sundial.
Solutions to a number of design opportunities encountered with Unger’s hand-cut Sculptural Firebowls were incorporated into the Victorian Flat Pack Fire Feature. “As an artist, I wanted to expand on what I was capable
of creating on my own and put the tools of industry to the task of creating beauty,” said Unger. “I believe a factory is like a symphony orchestra, a collection of skilled people with specialized tools who can bring great art into being if you give them a plan.”
The Flatpack Fire Feature’s patent-pending design assembles easily with no tools or hardware and can be up and running in minutes with its plug and play gas system. Installation, dismantling, moving or storage are equally simple and yet the clever interlocking design makes the Fire Feature exceptionally stable, easily passing the most rigorous tests. Once assembled, there is no seam or indication that the Fire Feature is not a solid piece. The design has been thoroughly tested to insure that it can be safely used on traditional or plastic wood decks without concern for combustion. The top of the Fire Feature has a beveled edge and slightly rounded corners.
The Flatpack Architectural Fire Feature ships ready for use with propane; although units can be special-ordered for use with natural gas at no additional cost. Included with each unit is everything needed for ease of use including a built-in automatic ignition burner with safety shut off, a regulator and hose. Gas connections between the LP regulator/hose, the valve and the burner orifice are fully assembled and leak tested before shipping. The control system provides flame supervision in wind or rain and consists of components listed to the appropriate ANSI/CAN standards.
When not in use, the Fire Feature functions as a gorgeous outdoor sculpture. Each Architectural Flatpack Fire Feature arrives signed by the artist via an engraved stainless steel plate. A signed and numbered Certificate of Authenticity is mailed separately.
For more information about John T. Unger Studio and the line of artist fire features, visit www.johntunger.com, call 231.584.2710 or follow on firstname.lastname@example.org/
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About John T. Unger Studio:
John T. Unger, artist, designer, sculptor, and crafter of an extensive line of Sculptural Firebowls and innovative fire features, is known for setting outdoor spaces "on fire" with artistry and functionality. John has been making art professionally since 1995. "My Sculptural Firebowls are intended to have an immediate visual appeal as well as providing a story, meaning, and social interaction. They offer an opportunity to gaze into the fire and connect with the human questions that have enticed every imagination since we first gathered around a captive flame over a million years ago." As an expert sustainable designer and sculptor with a passion for creating focal points for outdoor living spaces, John's work is sought after for residential and commercial installations.
John is available for comment, interview or to add his unique brand of art talk to any media outlet.
Product Facts About The Victorian Architectural FlatPack Fire Feature:
- Alternate Use: A stainless steel plate fits into the top for used as a table when flame is not lit.
- Dynasty Guarantee: Flat Pack Architectural Fire Features will last many, many generations.
- No-tools assembly: The Flatpack Architectural Fire Feature assembles without the need for tools or hardware. PDF manual available for download from the artist’s website
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