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Community Collaborative Iron Pour
October 5 @ 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
FOURTH ANNUAL COMMUNITY COLLABORATIVE IRON POUR THIS WEEK!
Come watch the sparks fly! The Fourth Annual Community Collaborative Iron Pour is this Saturday, October 5 beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the Town Overlook / Hippie Hill in Crested Butte.
An Iron Pour is the creation of sculpture through the pouring of molten iron into molds. Both local and visiting artists gather to choreograph this intensely beautiful art with opportunities for the community – including children – to create their own iron sculptures. Extremely visual and aesthetic, the evening is full of glowing molten iron, sparks and displays.
LEARN ABOUT THE IRON POUR AT ARTIST TALKS
Have you ever wondered what goes into the Community Iron Pour, who makes such a one-of-a-kind event happen, or what sort of inspiration artists use for their own iron sculptures? Join us for an evening of Artist Talks on Friday, October 4 from 5 – 8 p.m. at the Center with the outstanding and unique artists who make the CB Community Pour happen. Jesse Blumenthal and Ira Hill, our Pour Directors, will kick us off, followed by this year’s visiting artists – Araan Schmidt, Chris Meyer, Alison Ouellette-Kirby, Sarah Von Harling, Noah Kirby and Toby Flores. This event is free to the public. Donations to support the Pour are welcome.
CARVE A SCRATCH BLOCK AT THE IRON POUR
A scratch block is a pre-made mold of sand that you may then carve your own design into. Come early on Pour Day to create your scratch block, then stay to watch your mold have molten iron poured into it. After the Iron Pour go home with your very own iron sculpture. Anyone can carve a scratch block – kids and adults – and no experience is necessary! Carve your scratch block from 4:30 p.m. until pour time on Saturday, October 5 at the Iron Pour. Please arrive no later than 5:30 p.m. for this opportunity. New this year is the choice of a heart-shaped block. Small Block: $35; Medium Block: $50; Large Block: $75. Heart-Shaped Block: $40.
PREPARING FOR IRON POUR DAY
The viewing area for the Iron Pour site is a natural hillside that is uneven and covered with vegetation. We recommend the following in order to most enjoy your time at the Iron Pour.
What to Bring
- Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes
- Bring a blanket to sit on in the grass, or, a camp chair is also a good idea.
- Bring warm clothes as the event will continue into the cooler night
- A headlamp or flashlight will be helpful as this is an unlit area
- You are welcome to bring food, but please no outside alcohol
- Bring some money! There will be food, beer, wine, soft drinks and water for sale
- Bring a mug for your drinks!
- Don’t forget your camera – this is going to be a spectacle!
Directions & How to Arrive
Please park in Crested Butte. There is no parking at the Iron Pour site itself. Walk up to the top of Elk and up the old Kebler Road. The Iron Pour will be off the old Kebler Road north and next to Hippie Hill. There will be signs to guide you on your way.
Schedule of Events
4:30 p.m. Burn-in: The fires are started. The furnaces are being warmed up. Scratch block carving begins. The bar is open.
5:30 p.m. Charging the Crucible: Watch artists pour their work, and if you still want to carve a block for your own iron sculpture, you can carve until dark!
7:30 p.m. Iron Pour Performances Begin: It’s dark, there’s molten iron, and there will be sparks and displays. Don’t miss this portion!
Please note times are approximate & flexible.