Saturday, March 14, 2015

Iron Sculptures Designed by Elderly Suffering with Alzheimer's Disease.

In 2014 the Alzheimer's Glass and Iron project cast over 40 iron sculptures designed by elderly individuals suffering with Alzheimer's and Dementia. Elderly sculpt using a non toxic air drying clay. Members of the Alzheimer's Glass and Iron team then make a rubber mold of selected sculptures, so multiples can be made in wax. The wax sculptures are put into a sand mold and melted out. After the wax in the sand mold is melted out, the negative space is filled with molten cast iron. The iron sculptures are given time to cool down and are then cleaned up. When the sculptures are finished they are given back to the nursing home or the families of the elderly sculptors.

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