Drawing inspiration from the Minnesota landscape, “Full Sail” visually references scenes and object found on the lake outside the studio where it was created. The two central steel structures architecturally ground the sculpture in place, drawing vertical comparisons to the abundant Birch trees gracefully crisscrossing through the air.
The artwork is made of steel and aluminum, and stands six feet high and four feet in diameter and weighs 200 pounds.
Jon Kamrath grew up in St. Paul, MN and spent summers working with his father as a finish carpenter where he inherited his craftsmanship skills, love of tools, and architectural appreciation. Jon attended Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, where he met his muse. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Art Education, he married her and taught middle school art in Fergus Falls, MN. Jon went on to attain a Masters of Fine Arts from Iowa State University. Moving back to Minnesota, Jon taught art at Eagle Ridge Academy for 5 years. The artist works out of his studio in south Minneapolis, where he lives with his wife and three children who constantly help to give him endless amounts of inspiration.
"Full Sail" is part of a rotating exhibition of sculptures and is eligible for the 2017-2018 People's Choice Award. The piece can be purchased for personal acquisition or as a gift to the City for $2,600.