Forging student bonds by casting iron

By Jillian Marshall

April 26, 2013 Updated Apr 26, 2013 at 6:37 PM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Molten iron pours at a local university and brings students together from all along the east coast.

Ten schools from New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey traveled to Binghamton University to participate in the 8th annual Invitational Iron Pour on Friday.

More than 50 faculty and students helped make dozens of iron sculptures.

Creating cast iron sculptures can take up to 50 hours. The long process starts with a wax mold. Then the iron is heated to approximately 2,700 degrees before being poured into the molds.

"One of the real attractions for pouring iron is that it requires a lot of people so it becomes a social thing, rather than the artist all by themselves back in the studio somewhere. It's a very social event," Sculpture Professor at Binghamton University Jim Stark said.

The cast iron art will stay at BU until it is completely cooled.

University officials said they hope to have this event for many more years.