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Radio Chipstone: Recasting Cast Iron

Joe Wirtheim
Iron workers, casting iron.

Milwaukee County's Lynden Sculpture Garden is currently collecting cast iron cast offs. But they’re not going to simply stack them next to a Henry Moore sculpture. The plan is to work with the public/community to transform the donated cast iron into something new in the Garden’s first iron pour on May 25th.

Iron artists Lean Schrettenthaler and Tom Dahlseid are doing the pouring at Lynden. In this edition of Radio Chipstone that talk with Gianofer Fields about the relationship they have with other iron artists and makers, and the importance of the community when they take their act on the road.

"With iron there's this performance, there's this life with the metal that needs to be shared, that should be shared. And I think that's what's so important to us when we've travelled," says Schrettenthaler. 

Material culture contributor Gianofer Fields curates the Radio Chipstone series. The project is funded by the Chipstone Foundation, a decorative arts foundation whose mission is preserving and interpreting their collection, as well as stimulating research and education in the decorative arts.

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