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May-June 2017

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Canadian Master Artists in Stone: Andreas (b. 1963) and Naomi (b. 1974) Kunert

Most stone walls we see are made of manufactured brick, block, stone veneers, or natural stone—such as sandstone, flagstone, and so on—all made to look alike with sharp edges and corners, laid in a horizontal fashion and cemented with mortar, but very mundane. However, the Kunerts, with their artistic vision, have taken natural stones and transformed them into magnificent works of art. The usual (and sometimes boring) stone wall is not even considered by them, and conformity is not a word in their vocabulary. Positioning stones on their edges, adding polished spheres and fossilized ammonites, then placing them in great artistic sweeping patterns have elevated their sculptural style to world-class. The Kunerts' diverse, individually unique artworks, which include walls, fireplaces, tables, gardens, and entryways to homes, are created to reflect both the patrons' taste and the nearby landscape. 

 

Susan Robinson is a freelance artist specializing in painting mineral and gem specimens as well as birds and wildlife

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