A select group of international artists came together to live and work in Salem for the 10th annual international iron symposium and next year YOU can join them!
Most of us never get the chance to pour molten iron into sculpture molds of our own design to create impressively massive art out of iron, but wouldn’t it be cool to say you did?
Alternating annually between North America and the United Kingdom, the US/UK Iron Symposium just returned to Salem Art Works (SAW) for its tenth anniversary pour. Artists descended upon SAW – a non-profit art center and sculpture park we’ll be re-visiting often in this space because there is a lot of fascinating stuff going on there that they delight in inviting the public to – to develop new cast-iron sculpture using both traditional and experimental molds. Artists learn from each other by working together in a critically engaging environment, and no experience is necessary, so this year the public was invited for the day or the week to take part. You can even eat there and stay in (admittedly modest) accommodations and feel the energy and immerse yourself in a community of dedicated artists.
“To know that a place exists where the creative spirit can flourish without limitations is awe inspiring and I feel privileged to have experienced this magical place first hand. The fact that SAW programs are open to enrich the whole community and to embrace many different artistic disciplines provides an invigorating platform for a vital holistic cultural climate to evolve,” says Coral Lambert, sculptor and director of the National Casting Center at NYSCC.
And I guess that says it all. Contact SAW at 518-854-7674.