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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2 Responses to j. b. blunk – “the planet”

  1. Greg Greg says:

    From an article in the Oakland Tribune of Sept. 14, 1969 celebrating the opening of the new Oakland Museum:

    “Here the stellar attraction is
    an awesome redwood burl
    sprawled like a mammoth
    surrealistic sculpture.
    Weighing three tons and
    still s h o w i n g the charred
    scars of the fire that felled the
    once giant tree, the burl has
    been planed, sawed and chiseled
    to show off every texture
    and grain of the wood.
    Much of its natural contouring
    was left intact by the
    young Inverness sculptor, J.
    B. Blunk, who rescued it from
    the fire-ravaged host tree at
    Point Arena and saw its possibilities
    as an artwork.”

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