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Outdoor iron casting in Vail this weekend

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Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado ” Over a dozen artists from across the country will come to Vail this weekend to cast iron and bronze at a public outdoor event. The town of Vail Art in Public Places and the Vail Symposium are sponsoring the “Heavy Metal Weekend” from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the International Bridge.

Artists will dress in fire-safe clothing and load bronze or scrap iron into metal-melting furnaces called cupolas. Temperatures within the cupolas will reach up to 3,000 degrees. Once molten, the fluid is poured into molds created by visiting and local artists.

Also, Mark Guilbeau of SPH ARTFunctions will lead a workshop where participants can decorate their own 5-inch bowls by scratching designs into prepared sand molds. The workshops, co-sponsored by the Vail Symposium, take place from 10 a.m to noon Saturday at Donovan Pavilion. The bowls will be cast in bronze at a free performance that same evening and returned a few days later.-

Heavy Metal Weekend is one of two free public art events taking place in Vail this month.-Visitors to the metal casting performances will also be treated to a great view of Triumph Winterfest Illuminated Ice Sculptures. Triumph Winterfest is located on Gore Creek Promenade and can be viewed by day or night.

To register for the bowl-making workshop, contact the Vail Symposium at 479-0954 or visit vailsymposium.org. The workshop is $25 for adults and $10 for children under 18.-Registration will be allowed on event day, space permitting.

For more information, contact Fordham at 479-2344 or visit http://www.artinvail.com.

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