Carbon Arts is an organization founded by artists Casey Westbrook & Aaron McCaffery whose long term goal is to teach the art of iron casting. We are currently in the process of obtaining our non-profit status in the State of Michigan. Casey & Aaron met their Detroit crew while working on Matthew Barney’s film “KHU”, which was filmed in & around Detroit in 2010. Together, they designed & built the cupolas (furnaces) for an iron pour for the film, which at 25 tons, is the largest iron pour for art ever attempted. At the conclusion of the filming, Matthew Barney donated the cupolas to Carbon Arts. These 5 cupolas have a capacity of 7 tons each & are the largest iron cupolas for art currently in existence. The cupolas have remained at the film site. However, we have recently discovered that pieces of the cupolas are now missing (the base plates, which are worth approximately $14,000). Therefore, it has become imperative that we move the cupolas to a more secure site. We now have a place where the cupolas can not only be stored, but once the base plates are replaced, erected for performance. Which is the interesting twist…Carbon Arts not only does iron pours…they are done as performance. So, now that a home has been found for these magnificent machines/art pieces, we have to raise the money to move them. Because we are an emerging group & have not yet secured our non-profit status, funding is tight. Well, more like non-existent. We are organizing a series of fund-raisers & demonstration pours to get the money to facilitate the move, as well as raise some seed money to get on our feet. Our crew is extremely passionate & devoted to this art form, which is one of the reasons Casey chose to move to Detroit. While working on “KHU” Casey was impressed with the artistic spirit he found in Detroit. Working in iron, he was already aware of the history, the industry, & the raw materials in the area, but once he met the people, he was convinced that Detroit was the place he should be. He recently accepted a teaching position at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, which gives him close proximity to Detroit, allowing him a short commute to pursue Carbon Arts projects. We are collaborating with several other local artists & hope to soon announce upcoming performances. Due to the loss of the base plates & financial constraints, our first efforts will be with a smaller furnace; however, since this is an art form Detroit has not seen, it will still engender tremendous energy & excitement. Detroit was built on iron & steel. Other cities have iron pours, Carbon Arts intends for Detroit to do them bigger & better.