Magnetism and Mysticism

The Pedvale Open Air Art Museum lies in a magnetic field. The magnetic force lines of this field interact with the large granite and iron sculptures to create some unusual magnetic effects. The lifting ring

This is the cast iron ring.  The bolts run through the base, then through  an oval hole in the upper arms, then directly into the stone.

This is the cast iron ring. The bolts run through the base, then through an oval hole in the upper arms, then directly into the stone.

on my sculpture, Sekimori Ishi
Sekimori Ishi

Sekimori Ishi

attracts the north pole of a magnetic compass. On the other side of the park, Carl Billingsley’s sculpture Iron Lightning click for photo of Iron Lightning (Dzelzs zibens) attracts the opposite south pole. In essence, these two sculptures form a large magnet in the park. Other sculptures in the park are similarly magnetized.

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Casting a paper wasp nest

Paper wasps build nests using fibers to form a paper like substance.
wasp nest
Inside, they look like this:
wasp nest pragments
wasp nest fragments
I made some foam and paper sprues
sprues
and attached them to the nest fragments with masking tape:
sprues taped to wasp nest fragments
These were packed in loose sand (shake gently while doing this).
wasp nests set in dry sand
The molten aluminum was poured in the sprues.
poured wasp nest mold
This is the resulting rough casting:
paper wasp nest cast

This is the back, with the sprue still attached>
back of cast, with sprue