Iron pour to be held at Binghamton University
Binghamton University will hold an event of aesthetic, athletic and pyrotechnic magnitude this weekend when University sculpture staff fire up the sculpture furnace for a major iron pour. The process, which involves pouring red-hot iron, raised to temperatures of more than 2600 degrees, into special molds to create sculptures, will be held from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, October 23, in room 154 of the Fine Arts building on the University campus. Setup begins at 10 a.m. and guests are welcome and encouraged to pack a lunch and bring a chair, as this event will last all day. This iron pour is free and open to the public.
Since the "Iron Age" artisans have used the "cupola" like method for melting and casting utilitarian and artistic iron objects. This historic iron pour is a demonstration of the process. Artists and participants from across the state will bring their pre-made molds and cast during the event.
The iron pour is under the direction of Alair Wells, a Rosefsky visiting artist. Wells is teaching sculpture classes at Binghamton University and will be giving a public slide lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 16, in room 258 of the Fine Arts building. This will be followed by an opening reception in the Rosefsky gallery at 8:30 p.m., exhibiting Wells recent work.