SAW Intercollegiate Iron Pour: 4,000 Lbs of 2800° Molten Metal
Salem Art Work’s largest event, the Intercollegiate Iron Pour, is its ninth year. The public is invited to watch iron casters from over 12 national universities navigate liquid iron into sand molds to create works of art. The event, planned for September 25 and 26, kicks off Friday evening from 6 to 10 p.m. with a metal lantern lighting performance with Matt Wicker, Michael Bonadio and a crew of cast metal artists, grilled food and salads for sale, bluegrass music by local musicians and a fire pit with s’mores.
On Saturday, Adam Demchak from Polich Tallix Fine Art Foundry will speak about being a contemporary metallurgist at 11 a.m. Pours begin at 12 noon, and are free to watch as metal casting artists collaborate in an exhibit of artistic and physical triumph. Festivities and exhibits continue until 7 p.m.
The public can try metal crafts like scratch block molds and cuttle bone casting, and there will be demonstrations in blacksmithing, glass blowing, wood-fired ceramic kiln firing and custom screen-printing.
Two exhibitions will be open during the event: the Artist in Residence Show features work made by SAW intern and emerging artists in Barn Two. On Saturday only, the Renegade Show will appear in Barn One as a pop-up show of work made by participating intercollegiate artists.