Karl Unnasch: Playtime in Indy
There’s a kid in all of us — and this work by Karl Unnasch is just the thing to bring it out. Crafted from kiddie pools, play sets and other colorful toys, Playtime in Indy is a magical ‘tree’ that musters visions of the holidays and serves as a beacon to children young and old. The 50-foot work — delightful as it is by daylight — becomes truly luscious at night: Inspired by his work with stained glass in a sculptural context, Unnasch lights the piece from within, effectuating a glow of dreamlike color.
In keeping with the holiday spirit, this luminous piece also offers itself up as a playful hug to kids in need: At the conclusion of Newfields' Winterlights celebration, sections of the tree are ritually dismantled and the toys are donated to local charities in time for the holidays.
Photos by Eric Lubrick and Samantha Veach, courtesy of Newfields