Nathan Johansen


-Born September 3, 1958

-Graduated with a BFA from Brigham Young University

-Has worked in the Art Casting field for 20 years, coordinating fine art casting at Metal Arts Foundry in Lehi, Ut.

-Has a Wife and 4 kids and currently resides in Provo Utah.

Provo, Utah


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photo by Bruce Hucko

Utah Burr


photo by Shanachie Carrol

Media: Wood, steel

Dimensions:   44"h x 24"w x 24"d


Utah Burr
Anyone who has enjoyed an excursion in the outdoors of Utah will have brought home a burr or two in their socks or sweaters. Burrs are a ubiquitous part of life in Utah.
Utah Burr is an assemblage sculpture, mainly made of wood carved from a local Cottonwood tree. It is embellished with an array of shapes cut from weathered, rusted steel that was collected from Utah deserts. The unique part of these steel applications is that each one has one or more bullet exit holes created by target shooting. These exploded shards, along with some old baling wire, creates the prickly part of the burr. Utah Burr is a compilation of small pieces of Utah's history, from the common cottonwoods that meant water to the early settlers, to evidence of ranching, shooting, and exploring the many outdoor opportunities of Utah. And the reminders you bring home with you after each exploration!