Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Iron Pour


March 15, 2012 - Artists prep molten iron for an iron pour performance featuring Denver-based sculpture and performance artist Matthew Toole at the University of Colorado Denver, located at the Arts Building Loading Docks on Curtis Street in Denver, CO. Though many artists and students are involved in the pour, Toole orchestrates and conducts the event. Toole "presents a visual evolution of creation through destruction," according to the University's Art Department. Photo by Ali Donohue.


March 15, 2012 - A member of Denver-based performance and sculpture artist Matthew Toole's team prepares iron to be poured into a mold on Thursday at the University of Colorado Denver. Part of Toole's iron pouring apparatus can be seen on the left. The iron pour performance was organized by the Visual Arts Department at the University of Colorado Denver. The iron pour was the final of several events involving Matthew Toole that week including a lecture and free workshop on bonded sand molds. Photo by Ali Donohue.



March 15, 2012 - A member of Denver-based sculpture and performance artist Matthew Toole's team watches as an apparatus pours molten iron into a cast made of sandstone and wood at the College of Arts and Media Loading Dock on Curtis Street in Denver, CO. The wood from the cast burns and sparks fly when the cast comes in contact with the molten iron. When the wood fully burns away the sandstone can be removed to reveal a sculpture. Matthew Toole was invited by the university's Visual Arts Department to perform an iron pour, during which music played over speakers as audience members watched the performance. Photo by Ali Donohue.



March 15, 2012 - Denver-based sculpture and performance artist Matthew Toole preps iron to be poured at an iron pour performance on Thursday at the University of Colorado, Denver. Toole was invited by the Colorado University Denver Visual Arts Department. Toole hosted several events on the campus prior to the iron pour such as a free workshop on how to make a sand mold on March 13 and a lecture on March 14. Toole created a special apparatus for iron pour performances which he can be seen prepping above. The artist travels the country with his apparatus and performs iron pours for audiences. Photo by Ali Donohue.

March 15, 2012 - Sparks fly as molten iron is poured into a cast made of wood and sandstone at an iron pour performance featuring Denver-based performance and sculpture artist Matthew Toole at the University of Colorado Denver. "The sparks flew really close to the crowd," Sarah Berg, a University of Colorado graduate student said. "The sparks burned out before reaching the crowd but that didn't stop people from jumping back in fear." Photo by Ali Donohue.

March 15, 2012 - Denver-based sculpture and performance artist Matthew Toole can be seen on the left at an iron pour event hosted by the University of Colorado Denver on Thursday. Matthew Toole's iron pouring apparatus can be seen in the center as artists and students prepare iron in the background. The apparatus is Toole's creation and he uses it to do performance based iron events around the country. Toole was invited by the Visual Arts Department at the university to host several events including the iron pour performance, a workshop on how to make sand molds and a lecture on his work. Photo by Ali Donohue.












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