WCU and Green Energy Park to host sculpture pour

Sculpture students from Western Carolina University will participate in a bronze and aluminum pour Monday, Nov. 12, at the Jackson County Green Energy Park in Dillsboro.

The event is free and open to the public. The pour is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m., but because of the complexity of the process, the time is approximate, said Marya Roland, WCU associate professor of art, who is organizing the pour with Timm Muth of the Green Energy Park.

Students in Roland’s sculpture class are learning the ancient art of casting bronze through the lost-wax technique, where a wax positive is encased in plaster and sand to create a mold. The wax is burned out in a kiln over several days at temperatures reaching approximately 1,100 degrees. The resulting empty space is filled with molten bronze or, often in contemporary casting, aluminum. For the pour at the Green Energy Park, bronze and aluminum will be melted at temperatures of 2,100 and 1,200 degrees respectively in a furnace fueled by methane gas. This is the third such collaboration between the Green Energy Park and the WCU School of Art and Design.

For more information, contact Roland at roland@wcu.edu or 828-227-3593.