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Community Collaboration

Saturday August 4
Workshops 10am – 3pm, Iron Pour 12pm-8pm FREE
Savage Aural Hotbed will perform and take Behind The Scene Tours of the foundry at approximately 12, 2 and 4pm.

Artists from around the world converge at Franconia to create cast metal sculpture
and we invite the public to participate in the unique art-making process! Witness
artists working a furnace that heats up to 2,700 degrees F, as they pour over
8,000 lbs. of red-hot molten iron throughout the day. Savage Aural Hotbed,
Minneapolis’s found-object percussion band, performs three pulsating sets
throughout the day. Bring the family and make a day of it!

What Happens at an Iron Pour?
The iron artists at Franconia create a three-dimensional (positive) sculpture form. This sculpture can be made from disposable and varied materials because it is not permanent. It is used primarily as a form to create negative space in a sand mold.

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Sand is built up around the temporary sculpture with the aid of wood or other types of supports to create one mold, or many sections of one mold. Often times these molds have as many as twenty parts, and can weigh up to 2,000 pounds. When the sand mold is complete, the temporary sculpture is removed from the mold, the sand pieces are reassemble, thus making the space (void) for the hot iron.

The iron cupola (furnace) is then fired up to 2,700° F using coke, a derivative of coal, to fuel the furnace. Iron is then slowly loaded into the top of the cupola to create a reservoir of molten iron that is ready to pour. Up to 8,000 pounds of red-hot molten iron will be poured throughout the day.

Each mold is carefully filled by the pour team from a preheated ladle. The team also pours liquid iron into all of the sculpture molds made by community members. It is an exciting and hot event! If you would like to create a Scratch Block Sand
Mold that will be cast on August 4th, please visit our Mold Making Page to learn more and then contact Franconia to reserve your spot.

Stop by the Park anytime during the last week of July through the first week of August to visit with the artists involved in this exciting event and learn more about their work.