On October 4th, 2014, we will host the second annual Hefestus Iron Pour in Beacon, NY. Dozens of professional and student artists will create sand molds which will be filled with molten iron from an outdoor cupola furnace. Spectators will have the opportunity to not only watch the fiery spectacle, but to learn the process, create their own molds, and to see them cast on the day of the event. In addition to the iron pour, there will be hours of live musical entertainment, as well as great local food and refreshments prepared by some of the Hudson Valley's finest restaurants.
We started Hefestus as a small group of artists devoted to helping each other cast metal sculpture. What developed out of that group was nothing short of amazing; a sharing of ideas and technical knowledge among artists of all ages and skill levels, a successful and safe iron pour in which students worked side by side with professionals, and a coming together of the art community with the larger community of Beacon, Ny. In short, it was a grand celebration of art and of community. It is important to us that the festival remain free to anyone who wishes to attend, and therefore, we'd like to fund the event entirely through donations.
The costs of putting together an event of this magnitude are great. Entertainment, infrastructure, safety, tent and restroom rentals, the building of a new furnace, and documenting the event are just some of the many expenses. We are truly grateful to our friends and members of the Beacon community who have volunteered their time and resources, however we still need financial support to make the event possible. We appreciate everyone's generous support and hope you can join us for Hefestus 2014!
Risks and challenges
Undertaking a project of this size involves inherent risks. Having been through the process once, at the inaugural event in 2013, we know some of the problems we faced, and have changed our strategy accordingly. Most of the changes for Hefestus 2014 involve delegating responsibilities. For example, while we prepared all the food for the event last year, we have turned over that operation to two local restaurants for this year's event. We've also enlisted the help of a music industry professional, who has volunteered his services, to help with the booking of entertainment. Knowing when it's time to turn something over to the professionals is one lesson we learned last year.
Last year's event relied on a huge network of volunteers, who did everything from collecting donations, to assisting with band set-up, to bringing water to the casting crew, to assisting with carving workshops, and a host of other responsibilities. All in all, it was fantastic, and humbling to see our community rallying behind us. This year, we've designated a volunteer coordinator, who will help us utilize our volunteers more efficiently by breaking them into smaller groups that will tackle specific tasks. It's really gratifying to do something for your community, and watch them give it right back!
Having a strong team is essential to the success of the event, and the best way of assuring we can meet the challenges and problems we face with confidence. We have worked to build a strong network of professionals to make sure we can run a fun, safe, and educational event. Hefestus 2013 hosted faculty and students from the sculpture departments of Alfred University, Skidmore College, and Ramapo College, in addition to many professional sculpture foundry workers from Polich Tallix Fine Art Foundry, representing decades of experience in the casting field. It is through the combined knowledge and talent of this group, that we are able to meet and solve any problems we may encounter.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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