Liberty Arts: Aluminum Pour

Liberty Arts foundry, who’s grand opening celebration at their new location is March 16th, hosted a fascinating metal pour during the January Durham Art Walk. Despite miserable rainy weather, it was an amazing spectacle. Molten aluminum was poured from a red-hot vessel into molds made of composite of sand resin.

For safety, the public was kept at some distance from the action. Still, one of our fabulous photographers, Beth Mandel, of Scenes from my Lunch Hour, was able to get a few cool snaps.

Check’em out. And don’t miss Liberty Arts Grand Opening. Rumor has it Durham faves, LiLa, will be making a special guest appearance at the ribbon cutting and maybe even playing a few tunes.


As things heat up, an interested observer looks on.


The molten vessel is lifted and attached to a small crane.


Liquid metal pours out.


Liquid metal overflow forming pools.

Aaron Mandel

Aaron Mandel is a writer and an accomplished public speaker. He is the publisher of the Clarion Content. For more than a decade, the Clarion Content has covered Durham’s arts, politics, music, and cultural milieu. From breaking news stories to the hottest local acts, the Clarion Content is on the scene. The Clarion Content published more than twenty distinguished guest columnists and garnered nearly a million views. Mandel is a volunteer for the Durham Mighty Pen Literacy Project and serves as the President of the Board of Sustain-A-Bull Durham, a local small business collective with more than 200 members. He writes regularly on the Clarion Content and has been quietly writing fiction since the 4th grade. Mandel has been published in the Raleigh News and Observer. He has also produced numerous art shows, including, “Durham under Development”. He was a featured speaker at “The State of Publishing” conference. He has presented to Durham Chamber of Commerce, “Chamber U” on the “New Media”. He has also served as the play-by-play announcer for the D.B.L., a Durham youth basketball league. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Religious Studies from Indiana University in Bloomington. An avid policy debater at Indiana and a Nation Debate Tournament qualifier, Mandel was also a member of the New Jersey State Champion two-person Policy Debate Team. He has lived in North Carolina, New Jersey, California, Texas, Illinois, Colorado, Indiana, and Baja California, Mexico.

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