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School of Art and Design to host sixth annual ‘MeltDown’ activities

The Alfred University School of Art and Design presents MeltDown: The Sixth Annual Iron Pour Saturday, Oct. 27 from noon until dusk. The event will take place at the Foundry in the National Casting Centre, located just before the Tinkertown hardware store, on the left-hand side of Main Street/Route 21.

In conjunction with MeltDown, the School of Art and Design will host the “ALL STAR CAST” exhibition on Friday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Sculpture Cube of Binns-Merrill Hall. Featured will be student and faculty work in cast metal sculpture from the National Casting Centre.       

The public may attend MeltDown free of charge; however, if you own your own molds and would like them poured, the charge to do so will be $10 per person plus the cost of iron. Please drop ready-to-pour molds off at the Foundry on Friday evening or Saturday morning.

All are welcome to attend and watch the techniques used as 5,000 pounds of iron are heated up to 2,600 degrees Fahrenheit and poured into various sculpture molds.

The event will also include a dish-to-pass potluck lunch, pizza, Halloween treats, and a costume parade. Clean-up at the Foundry will take place on Sunday, Oct. 28 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. for those who are interested in helping.

Joining Alfred University students at MeltDown will be faculty and students from other institutions including Binghamton University, Rochester Institute of Technology, Buffalo State College, and the University of Maryland.