Urns & Messengers by Tony Knapp for FUNERIA®
Tony’s sculptural urns have charmed visitors and collectors since his steel Whimsical Urn with rotating arm debuted at FUNERIA’s 2nd international Ashes to Art® exhibition in 2003. Just prior to the opening of FUNERIA's Northern California gallery in January 2007, The New York Times featured Whimsical on both its front page and among the many images that illustrated the story ("In Death as in Life: A Personalized Space" by Patricia Leigh Brown). Since then, we've encouraged Tony to explore his theme further, which typically incorporates an interactive element.
He likens his carved and constructed wood pieces, saturated with Japanese ink, to charcoal sketches. The pieces in this series are functional in a variety of ways—as repositories for notes and small objects in remembrance of an individual or occasion, or as full size urns for a person, a couple, or a beloved pet.
Wood, ink and polymer clay
26/5 x 17/5 x 7.5 in/67.3 x 44.5 x 14 cm
6 lb/2.7 kg
130 cubic inch capacity