j. b. blunk – “the planet”

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j. b. blunk's "the planet" at the Oakland Museum of California

It has been gratifying to see the return of J. B. Blunk’s epic “The Planet” at the recently remodeled Oakland Museum of California, and I had been meaning to pay it a nice long visit for awhile.

It is a lot of fun to get lost in the details of this beautiful piece. Especially cool is the interaction between the natural shapes of the burl and the carvings and shaping that Blunk did with chainsaws and other tools.

Between visitations by excited kids who really enjoy sitting and playing around “The Planet”, I took a bunch of pictures:

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"j. b. blunk - the planet"It’s great to see how the visitors to the museum who come across “The Planet” immediately interact with and enjoy it.

If possible, I highly recommend a visit to OMCA so you can see this magnificent example of California craftsmanship with wood in person, not to mention the rest of the excellent works on exhibit. (Margaret De Patta, this means you!)

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OMCA – Oakland Museum of California

oral history interview with J. B. Blunk, May 16 2002 from the Smithsonian Archives of Amercan Art

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