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MEDIA ALERT Great Photo/Video Opportunity!

March 20, 2002

TEMPE, Ariz. – Picture a river of molten iron, flowing at 3,000+ degrees ? metal so hot that flames erupt as it makes contact with the specially prepared mold. This is what will draw participants from as far away as Flagstaff, California and even Alaska to the Herberger College School of Art?s annual foundry pour on Saturday, March 23.

Six thousand pounds of iron will be melted and poured into the molds in a process that will begin at 6 a.m. Best visuals can be obtained from approximately 9 to 11 a.m., when the molten metal will be poured into molds.

The foundry pour participants from so far away because there are very few non-commercial locations where iron pours can be done in the United States, according to sculpture professor Mary Bates. Iron, which melts at higher temperatures than other metals, requires a specially created cupola that can handle the extremely high temperatures required to melt iron.

This event will provide great images, and highlights one of the Valley’s areas of excellence that attracts people from across the country.

If you are interested in covering the foundry pour for your news on Saturday, please contact Jennifer Pringle at (480) 965-8795.

Media Contact:
Jennifer Pringle