Forged together

Last fall, every Interlochen student, staff and faculty member was given a small iron ingot. On April 20, 2016 these ingots were collected for the first ever Interlochen iron pour hosted by the Interlochen Center for the Arts Comparative Arts and Visual Arts programs as part of the Arts Academy 2015-16 theme of "light".

A growing crowd watched at the Opera Field as these ingots were melted down and used to fill student-made sand tile molds in a display of fire, light and creation led by guest artist Susan Byrnes.

Forged together, these tiles illustrate the latent potential of collaboration, the strength we can gain through challenge and the light that we can shine on the world.

Later this year, the forged iron tiles will be incorporated together in a piece of art. You can watch a video of the iron pour on the Comparative Arts Facebook Page. You can also view images from the day on SmugMug. To learn more about the iron pour and related events visit the Comparative Arts blog. Thank you to Teresa and Patty Smith for leading the sand mold creation efforts.