Elkland Arts Center presents ‘Aluminate’

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Article Published: Apr. 26, 2012 | Modified: Apr. 28, 2012

Aluminate, a biofueled art event and fundraiser with sculptor Joe Bigley, the Elkland Art Center and the Western Youth Network. will take place on Friday, April 27.

Funds raised will support art activities provided by Elkland Art Center at the Western Youth Network.
As part of Earth Week, Elkland Art Center is calling the event “an opportunity to use reneweable energy, make art and support two great organizations.”

During the event, participants will carve their own design into a 5-inch square, 1-inch thick tile mold.
A built-from-scratch biofuel furnace powered by recycled vegetable oil melts down aluminum for the tile. The molten aluminum is poured into the mold and when the aluminum tile cools, it is ready to take home.

On Friday, multiple pours will be held. Participants can choose from 10 a.m. to noon, 1 to 3 p.m. or 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Wey Hall’s art department sculpture studio on the Appalachian State University campus.

The cost is $15 per tile. In addition, participants can also sponsor a youth to take part in the event. Twenty sponsors are needed for Western Youth Network students at $10 each.

Also, for a $100 sponsorship, participants can make a tile, or a tile will be made in their honor, and displayed in a permanent installation, along with WYN student tiles, at the Sugar Grove Community Center in Sugar Grove.

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