Thursday, July 3, 2014


Coral Lambert's Volcano Furnace erupted on 'JANI' the last day of Midsummer's June 23rd 2014as part of the fire and iron performances at the 7th International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art, Latvia.
The Volcano Furnace tapped out three times out of seperate tap holes into three large carved garnite boulders. The Earth Mound Furnace and Boulders will remain as an earthwork for visitors to Pedvale Sculpture Park to enjoy for years to come.  (photo by Laura Feldsberg)

Once the clay plug was removed from each tap hole Iron flowed through earthern clay tunnels emulating lava. Here you see Coral Lambert making the first tap near the 'Tree of Dawn' about to catch fire: it is a symbol of renewal and the coming of the new sun after midsummers, the time is about midnight, the performance ran for about an hour and a half during the darkest hours of the magical night.

Related to each tap there were choreographed performances going on in collaboration with the Volcano Furnace Iron Pour.  
'Tree of Dawn' by Danielle Jensen, (Canada) : accompanied by Lily Montgomery and Daniel Totten.
 'Forget Me Not Garden' planting by The Alzheimer's Glass and Iron: Rosemarie Oakman, Haley Jelinek and Elise Betrus.
'Flight of the Phoenix' by Jenny K. Hager-Vickery, Susanne Roewer, (Germany) Cynthia Handel and Andreas Glaser (Switzerland).  

Musical accompaniment was performed by Sarah Clover on vocals and Jeff Kalstrom on Bodiddly.

Coral Lambert was assisted by Ronda Phipps in the building and running of the Volcano Furnace as well as Alfred Students: Erik Nilson, Michelle Kweicen, Hannah Schilsky, Ripley Nichols, Becca Flis, Rose, Haley, Elsie, Dan and Lily.
'Flight of the Phoenix' 

The 'Site + Action' iron pour performance was part of the all night midsummers celebration at Pedvāle Open-Air Art Museum in Latvia.

Special thanks to:
The 7th ICCCIA
Coral Lambert

Pedvāle Open-Air Art Museum
Ojars Arvids Feldbergs
Laura Feldberga
Laura Miglone

Alfred University's School of Art and Design
The National Casting Center Foundry @ Alfred
The Women's Leadership Center 
Naomi Winston Scholarship Award

Photo credits: Kristen Williams. Laura Feldsberg and Haley Jenelik

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