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Iron Pour Project

  1. 1. Hand Crafted sand molds waiting for iron to be poured into them at the beginning of the night.
  2. 2. Artists talk and wait as the furnace heats up to 3200 degrees before the iron is put in to meltdown.
  3. 3. Noah Kirby starting up the torch to heat the ladle before using it to pour the iron.
  4. 4. Jeanna Choate, a Lindenwood art student, feeding the furnace with iron and coke which fuelsthe fire to help melt the iron down.
  5. 5. The ladle warming up before the iron pour started. It had to be reheated after every fill andpour.
  6. 6. Artists getting ready by putting on protective leather gear and the ladle warming up.
  7. 7. The artist eagerly waiting for the furnace to warm and the iron to be molten at 3200 degrees tostart the pour.
  8. 8. The iron starting to melt and run out of the furnace, they plug the opening bot, a type of claylike material until they are ready to pour.
  9. 9. Lindenwood art professor, Marty Linson, getting the furnace ready to go.
  10. 10. The gravity feed furnace almost ready to go. It was set up between Lindenwood studio east andwest on First Capital Dr. in St. Charles.
  11. 11. The start of the iron melting and starting to come out as sparks fly from the metal.
  12. 12. Clif and John, lindenwood students, putting on protective gloves, leather and masks preparingto starting pouring the iron into molds.
  13. 13. The back vent of the furnace stays open while waiting on the iron to melt to check on its statuesduring the process. Sparks fly from the opening as the iron melts down.
  14. 14. The first pour of the event, a student opens the furnace and lets the molten iron flow into theladle.
  15. 15. One of the artists slowing guiding the iron from the ladle into scratch blocks that have designsetched into them.
  16. 16. The ladle full of molten iron getting poured into the molds.
  17. 17. The ladle takes three people to handle, when full with molten iron it weighs well over 200 lbs.
  18. 18. The scratch blocks were down with being filled and the artists moved on to bigger molds.
  19. 19. The blow torch heats up the ladles between the pours. The iron pours are usually during the daybut this one was at night which added to the visual show that iron pouring is.
  20. 20. An artist scrapping off the top of the iron. The top layer of metal can contain bot and material soit is taken off before pouring the iron into the molds.
  21. 21. The ladle has two handles on one side and that is the person who guides the pour.
  22. 22. The 3200 degree iron being poured into the scratch blocks. There were around 100 piecessubmitted for the iron pour.
  23. 23. Stu and Clif, Lindenwood students getting the iron from the furnace into the ladle.
  24. 24. Marty Linson, lindenwood professor, checking on the furnace.
  25. 25. There were students from Lindenwood, SIU, and SCCC that took part in the iron pour.
  26. 26. Marty Linson talking with the students and artists while waiting on the furnace and over seeingthe event as a whole.
  27. 27. The single person ladle was used for molds that were really shallow to prevent to much gettingpoured into the molds.
  28. 28. Noah Kirby assisted during the event and helped a student pour the single ladle into a mold.
  29. 29. The spout of the furnace had to be plugged in between the pours to stop the iron from pouringout and wasting it. Students took turns using fire proof gloves to plug up the spout.
  30. 30. The participants paying a lot of attention and detail because of the danger in pouring iron thatis that hot.
  31. 31. The artist resting the ladle on the furnace while the molten iron pours into it.
  32. 32. The artists taking turns pouring the iron, there were many more complex bigger molds than thepour that took place on sibley day.
  33. 33. The artists waiting for more iron to melt down and admiring the flames shooting out of thefurnace.
  34. 34. The gravity feed furnace glowing from the heat. Flames were visible well over the buildings andthe glow at night was a good show for spectators.
  35. 35. The artists stay alert while pouring into the log mold because the tend to explode when beingpoured in to.
  36. 36. The last pour of the night was a wooden mold that give the audience a great show during thepour.