1 June 2018
53,768: A PERFORMANCE IN HOT METAL
Supported by the NAWF, Welsh sculptor Ashleigh Harrold is performing at this year’s International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art in Scranton, PA.
Her performance, entitled 53,768,celebrates the number of Welsh miners that emigrated to Scranton in the early 1800s and will use the two symbols of Scranton’s Welsh history - the Red Dragon and the Electric City Light Bulb - to .
Ashleigh will pour iron through the head of a Welsh red dragon to cascade out of the mouth and eyes into a mould of the Scranton light bulb, illustrating how the Welsh helped form the industry of iron and steel in Scranton. The mould will then be cracked open revealing a glowing bulb, much like the one seen on the Scranton Electric Building.
Ashleigh is a sculptor and hot metal artist, specializing in cast iron. A native of Tredegar in the heart of the iron-making South Wales Valleys, she attended Carmarthen School of Art from 2014-2017.
The performance takes place at the Historic Furnaces, Scranton PA. on Friday 1 June 2018 between 8-10pm
Pictured: Ashleigh receiving her grant from NAWF vice-president Jon Roper.