Date(s) - 11/05/2022
SIUC FOUNDRY COMPLEX
Free fiery fun-
You have been invited to view Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s upcoming iron pour! What is an iron pour, you may ask? Well, ever since the 5th century BC, pouring hot iron into casting molds has been a trademark of art and industry. From fabulous architectural feats to one of a kind objects meant for gallery display, iron’s range of uses is seemingly limitless.
While iron may be something that we see in our everyday lives, few of us get to view the casting process and what goes on behind the scenes. This free spectacle aims to increase the public’s knowledge and understanding of what goes into making cast iron artwork–and what a spectacle it is! Attendees can expect to see a running furnace, fire and molten metal included. Hot iron will be poured into ladles, which SIU students then use to transfer the molten metal into molds.
Onlookers will have a chance to create their own cast iron art piece on site via “scratchblocks”. The sculpture, ceramics, and printmaking areas at SIU will be collaborating on other activities–including t-shirt printing–throughout the day. A small art gallery will be set up for viewing at the foundry complex as well.
The event will take place on November 5th, 2022, beginning at noontime. The foundry complex is located at 1520-1560 West Pleasant Hill Road, Carbondale, 62901. Again, this event will be free and open to the public. Though, seating will be first come first serve, so it is suggested that guests bring their own seating.