Artist John T. Unger works primarily with recycled or re-used materials to create amazing, functional, works of art.
Unger makes his living creating art that not only looks incredible, but also supports a local salvage economy and is built to last. His Great Bowl O’ Fire Recycled Fire Pits are sure to be the focal point for any house or yard, and will be a hotly contested heirloom for the generations to come.
John says “My creative mandate is "sustainable design with an edge." Just because we're good doesn't mean we have to be boring, right? I think there's a place for rock n' roll to dance with environmental responsibility in a house shakin' way. If green products are to compete in the market, they need to be sexy, sleek and chic— cooler than new.” Amen.
Each one of his creations is one of a kind, hand drawn and hand cut by the artist, and look hot even without a fire in them. And if you aren’t lucky enough to have a ready supply of firewood, the fire pits can be converted to use a gas burner for the flames.
According to his website, “I buy the materials for my firebowls at the scrapyard, paying a premium to have them cut and delivered (I've spent over $10,000 at the scrapyard this year alone).” So not only are the materials recycled, but by keeping some of that money within his community, he’s recycling money!
Another very cool design is the Firebird Grill, which is a smaller, portable bowl, turning cooking out into a fun, sociable, and stylish event - “place the grill at the center of an outdoor table and gather friends for an evening of conversation and tasty treats.”
When I first saw these amazing art pieces, I immediately bookmarked his site and added the Great Bowl O’ Fire to my ‘must have’ list for my (future) house. I think they’re sure to please even the most discerning homeowner. For more information about John’s work head over to John’s website, or follow him on Twitter.