Scranton’s Arts on Fire Festival
Saturday was Scranton’s 4th annual Arts on Fire Festival, held at the Scranton Iron Furnaces in downtown. It was my first visit to the festival – and actually to the furnaces themselves as well. And it was awesome! But of course the highlight was the iron pouring demonstration, which was something I’d never seen before. It’s really kind of uncanny to see iron scraps go into a furnace and come out as a glowing liquid. It’s just a simple phase shift, but at the same time it’s so far beyond the realm of anything most of us have done that it’s hard to comprehend.
The heat coming off the furnace was intense. You could feel it from beyond the barriers every time they opened the furnace top. And again when they poured the molten metal into the molds (which were rather spectacular as they – and the ground around them – caught fire as they filled).
But mostly it was fun to be at such a great festival. And to dust off the old photojournalism skills and make images of the event. And to live in a city that celebrates its culture and history so regularly and well.
I’m already looking forward to next year. (And more photos after the break!)