|9/26/2012 6:00:00 PM|
Art gets hardcore with Zumbrota Iron Pour on September 29
ZUMBROTA - Sparks will fly as molten metal pours into molds at Zumbrota's Iron Pour which will be held on the street in front of Zumbrota Area Arts Council's historic State Theatre and Crossings this weekend. The action starts around 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 29, and things really heat up at 7 p.m. when Savage Aural Hotbed will spice up the night with their industrial-flavored music, and the artists pour the glowing iron into the molds. The Zumbrota Area Arts Council invites children through adults to be part of the excitement. Food and beverages will be available.
The drama unfolds as the foundry experts and their big fiery furnace roll into town, stoke it up, and start melting down radiators from the State Theatre. Once they're heated to 2,700 degrees Fahrenheit, the molten metal is poured into prepared molds.
This summer, people of all ages designed molds for pouring. One method involved shaping clay that the artists then turned into a sand mold. A more complex method involved carving hard sand in negative relief.
"It takes a little more work," said past iron pour participant, Dr. John Wilkinson, "but the challenge makes it more interesting."
Zumbrota-Mazeppa School art instructor Becky Jokela has high school students studying metal casting and is excited to have her students actually practice this art form as part of the Iron Pour.
"The whole event is really spectacular; it's amazing to see this process that is usually not accessible to most of us," said Marie Marvin of Crossings.
Joan Henriksen Hellyer of the ZAAC Board encourages everyone to come out for a great evening. "Bring the whole family down to East Avenue and be part of the hottest event in Zumbrota," she said.
For more information, visit www.ZAAC.org or call Crossings at 732-7616.
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