Temporary Iron Foundry
5.30 – 8.30pm, 21 August 2015 – Casting of the ingots
2 – 5pm, 22 August 2015 – Release of the ingots from their moulds
Access via Applecross Street and lane behind Canal House, Scottish Canals headquarters.
Temporary Iron Foundry is a public event part of THEN/NOW — a public art project for/with the Forth and Clyde Canal by artists Minty Donald, Neil McGuire and Nick Millar.
For Temporary Iron Foundry, a team of artists will cast a series of iron ingots using a specially constructed furnace erected on the site of the former Victoria Foundry near the Forth and Clyde Canal in Glasgow.
As evening falls on 21 August, the furnace will be fired to over 1400° centigrade to melt scrap iron salvaged from the canal and the molten metal poured into moulds for the ingots.
Visitors to the site of Victoria Foundry on 22 August can help to release the iron ingots from their moulds. They can find out more about the iron founding process from the artists and examine the temporary furnace. They can also experience a sense of the former Victoria Foundry through an art-archaeology installation that evokes the now defunct iron works in the contemporary canal side location.
The ingots have been designed to commemorate another THEN/NOW event that took place on the canal earlier this summer: Barge Pull. In this ‘live public experiment’ a variety of engines — 1 x heavy horse, 15 x children, 8 x adult humans, 8 x cyclists, 7 x kayakers and 1 x golden labrador dog — pulled a working barge loaded with timber along a stretch of the canal for two minutes each.
The distances they covered will be embossed in the cast iron ingots, which will be set into edging stones on the canal banks in September/October 2015 as permanent markers of both events: Barge Pull and Temporary Iron Foundry.
THEN/NOW is supported by Scottish Canals, Scottish Waterways Trust, Creative Scotland, The Heritage Lottery Fund, Glasgow Sculpture Studios and The University of Glasgow.