North Star Pour: Franconia

Franconia Sculpture Park, Shaffer, MN
September 20, 2014

The North Star Performance Pour is an alignment of myth, art and process. Eight stars will light up the night with molten metal in celebration of the midsummer festival, Jāņi. The stars represented will include the North Star and the seven brightest stars of the constellation Ursa Major (also known as ʻThe Big Dipper). The cast iron and fire symbolize the unification of the seven continents under the guidance of the North Star and the joining of heaven and earth. A processional of torch carriers and star casters simultaneously pour the stars and ignite a fire outlining the constellation. 

The resulting sculptures form part of a permanent piece at Franconia Sculpture Park.

Team: Jim Brenner, Andrew Fernandez, Carolina Borja, Meagan Daus, Nick Wells, Amber White, Laura Dettle Nelson, Carl Ostad, Woody Stauffer, Cassandra Rebman, Yousif Del Valle, John Hock, Tamsie Ringler

Photographs courtesy of Franconia Sculpture Park