CMU sculpture students practice iron pouring

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Colorado Mesa University sculpture students are putting their studies to practice with 3000 degree liquid iron.

3-D sculpture classes, professors and local artists joined together for the semester iron pour.

Students poured 3,000 lbs of liquid iron into pre-constructed molds.

"I like it because of its permanence," said Nick Valpanbo, a CMU student. "Once you cast something, it's going to be here forever."

The iron is heated to almost 3,000 degrees in a cupola and then students ladled it into their molds.

The project used entirely recycled iron and some of it came from homes that CMU bought around campus.

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