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Hot Enough for You? Iron Artists at Franconia Sculpture Park Revel in 2,500-Degree Heat at the 17th Annual Community Collaboration Hot Metal Pour
Led by artists Tamsie Ringler, MN, professor at St. Catherine University, and Kristy Summers, IL, professor at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, along with 11 iron artists and 4 iron artist interns, you’ll be sure to see some amazing works by the end of the day, as well as create your very own sculpture.
The exciting process begins with recycled iron being melted in a cupolette (furnace) to 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit. When the iron has been broken down and released, the glowing liquid metal flows into a 150-pound ladle, to be poured into your sculpture mold.
To add to the festivities, performances by the contemporary ‘found object’ percussion band, Savage Aural Hotbed, will be running at 12:30, 2:30 and 4:00 pm, so get away and make a day of it at Franconia, the art hub of the St. Croix River Valley! Food and drinks are available for purchase.
Franconia Sculpture Park Artistic Director John Hock describes this event as a terrific opportunity for both our community and the artists involved, especially since this experience challenges artists to do their best work. This melding of community and artists is as molten as the liquefied iron, with mutual learning and involvement benefitting all.
So mark your calendars and fly north for the day to witness some high-temperature art! Watch trained artists create sculptures out of red-hot metal, make your very own metalwork, enjoy the music, park and scenery - all at the annual Franconia Community Collaboration Hot Metal Pour on Saturday, August 3rd. We’ll see you there!