Strike While the Iron Is Hot

When students and faculty from the University of Colorado Denver's HOT Sculpture Program are ready to pour and cast iron, they head to RiNo. “It’s such a performance,” says UCD sculpture professor Rian Kerrane. “And people really do get into the whole pyromania thing.”

RiNo’s Tracy Weil agrees. “It’s super-cool,” he says, recalling the first iron pour several years ago at Ironton Gallery on a frigid January evening. “Especially at night, when the darkness contrasts with the vibrancy of the lava-like iron.” And there are other reasons he remembers that event so fondly: It really sparked the movement to make the low-profile warehouse district a solid cultural destination, literally forging RiNo. “An iron pour is something that’s totally in line with our slogan, ‘Where art is made,’” Weil notes.

Come see art be made from 2 to 8 p.m. today when RiNo again hosts a Live Iron Pour, courtesy of Kerrane and her students, who’ll be casting hot iron into ceramic and bonded sand molds at the Dry Ice Factory, 3300 Walnut Street. Watching is free, but for a ten-buck donation to the student iron-casting club, visitors can carve low-relief designs into their own take-home iron tiles. For more information, go to
Sat., Feb. 27, 2-8 p.m., 2010

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Susan Froyd started writing for Westword as the "Thrills" editor in 1992 and never quite left the fold. These days she still freelances for the paper in addition to walking her dogs, enjoying cheap ethnic food and reading voraciously. Sometimes she writes poetry.
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