Inside the Iron Artist live art competition: welding, bottle caps and lots of playing cards

Though the host was unfortunately neither arrayed in a cape nor other kingly attire, and there was no hilarious Japanese overdubbing, this weekend's Iron Artist live art contest at The Other Side Arts employed the Iron Chef formula to undeniable success, calling on artists to put together original works with the clock ticking and making use of a surprise "secret ingredient," in this case a deck of playing cards. On Saturday, an elite group of fourteen Denver artists gathered to battle it out in the intense heat for a crowd of about 200. Photographer Taryn Kapronica returned with the results.

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