Saturday, October 20, 2018

Flowers of Elysium : Berlin Novilla

Berlin Elysium at Novilla
Elysium is a concept of the afterlife that developed over time and was maintained by some Greek religious and philosophical sects and cults. Initially admission was reserved for mortals related to the gods and other heroes. Later, it expanded to include those chosen by the gods, the righteous, and the heroic, where they would remain after death, to live a blessed and happy life.  Dreams of Elysium live for a brief moment.

NOVILLA is a center for art, creativity and encounter : it is a project of Moving Poets Berlin at the Hasselwerder Villa in Berlin Schoneweide on the bankl of the River Spree. The Hasselwerder Villa was built around 1907 for Richard and Elsbeth Lehmann. After expropriation and the murder of the Lehmann Family in 1942, the villa was the Health Department of the National Socialists and then After World Wa II until 1989 it was predominantly Wehrkreiskommando of the National Peoples Army.


‘Flowers of Elysium’  by Coral Penelope Lambert

The ‘Flowers of Elysium; are based on rare and endangered Ghost Orchids. Images of Ghost Orchids were scanned via photogrammetry so that the patterns for the molds could be carved digitally on a CNC machine. Using the ritual act of an iron pour with furnace, fire, air and molten iron they have been breathed back into existence for a brief spell. Glowing red hot with fierce intensity they are raised up and planted in the earth, they have weight and permanence; they are magma held up on beautiful handmade stainless steel stems, like Agni would have. Once cooled there remains an artifact that appears prehistoric. The flowers show a combination of the controlled digital mark created by the computer and the wild marks left by fire and molten metal.

Special Thanks to MoBe, Berlin and Glaser Schlosserei, Basel

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Volcano Furnace Earthwork ITALY

Fire Iron Earthwork at Spoeri Sculpture Park in Italy will be a variation of the 'Volcano Furance' in Pedvale Sculpture Park in Latvia. We will be building a new furnace 'Lady C' built in collaboration with Blacksmith Andreas Glaser in Basel Switzerland for the Earthwork. The Fire Iron Earthwork was operated for the annual opening of the Sculpture Park over Easter 2015 accompanied with a unique sound work by Paul Higham and the 'Flight of the Phoenix' performance by Cynthia Handel, Jenny Hager and Suzanne Roewer. 

 Whilst in Latvia the Volcano Furnace Earthwork was scanned on location to create a 3d model. Printed in 400 abs plastic.

Monday, September 29, 2014

'HayBarrels : After Monet'

'HayBarrels: After Monet' an ongoing series of work.

Growing up in urban London and attending Central School of Art, Lambert would frequent the National Museum where there are several of Claude Monets ‘Haystack’ paintings in the collection. She would study and stand in front of them slightly mesmerized, as they still seemed to be constantly changing in the light even though she knew she was looking at a static object. To her they manifest a magical effervescence which is an element she strives to capture in  her own work.

Now living in rural New York the pastoral scene returned to her in a much different context, especially in the fall driving through the surrounding farmlands. Although hay bales remain a romantic symbol of pastoralism and agrarian life this work references issues such as oil in the soil and storage of toxic waste in the landscape. 

'HayBarrels' as seen at Saratoga Train Station as part of Saratoga Springs Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition

Lambert's interest is in our relationship of how things exists, where things come from and the human obsession with speeding up the work of nature to make things better and faster. She uses the iconic 55 gal drum as a component of  ‘HayBarrels : After Monet’ , the very same drum that is used to dispose of toxic waste.

Single 'HayBarrel: After Monet'

For the pastoral element she obtained a large round haybale from a local farmer and kept it in the studio over a period of several weeks taking molds as the haybale deteriorated. Deliberately choosing to cast them in Aluminum because this relatively new space age metal does not rust, it glistens. It is a material that will not change in itself, it is also very sensitive to reflecting the light of different times of the day: an ode to Monet.
Detail of Haybale texture in cast aluminum : cast by Coral Lambert at the National Casting Center Foundry, Alfred, NY
Monet would work on several canvas’s at once as at differing times of the day and in various seasons haystacks absorb the light from diverse parts of the color spectrum. As a result, the residual light that is reflected off of the haystacks is seen as ever-changing, and manifests in distinctive coloring.  In ‘HayBarrels’ the silver aluminum acts as a mirror to its environment.

Coral Lambert working on the 'HayBarrels' at Salem Art Works, NY
Molding the Haybale at the National Casting Center Foundry, Alfred, NY
Proposal for 'HayBarrels at StormKing Sculpture Park, New York (digital print)
'HayBarrels' Stacked version (collage)

Looking through the window out onto the Courtyard at Pelham Art Center, NYC

Stacked and Strapped 'Haybarrels: After Monet' 2014
'HayBarells : After Monet' : Six Stack Version as above is permanently installed as part of the Jackson Union Sculpture Trail in Jackson, TN.

The Maquette is on a more domestic scale and gives a cheeky nod to Warhol's soupcans. It is currently on show and available for purchase at FooLPRoof Gallery, Rhino Arts District, Denver.

Friday, July 4, 2014

VOLCANO FURNACE ERUPTS at Pedvale Open Air Art Museum, Latvia

The 'Volcano Furnace' erupted on 'JANI' the last day of Midsummer's June 23rd 2014 at Pedvale Sculpture Park as part of the 7th International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art, Latvia.

The 'Volcano Furnace : Fire + Iron Earthwork' is a 13ft high earthwork and functioning iron furnace embracing the spirit of land and celebrating forces of nature.

Built primarily of earth, clay, stone and wood, a conscientious effort was made by the artist Coral Lambert to use appropriate technology and local materials. Construction of the interior of the furnace and earth moving with bulldozers began on site at Pedvale in early June. Approximately ten tons of earth and one ton of clay was used along with reclaimed steel and iron. The ‘Volcano Furnace’ was fired up on the midsummers eve of ‘Jani’. It was ritually charged with coke and air producing molten iron at temperatures up to 2700 Fahrenheit. As the air bellowed, the Volcano was tapped three times freeing the Iron to flow like lava out of three tunnels cut out of the earthen mound. The iron flowed into open face molds cut into the moss covered Granite boulders that were sourced from a nearby ancient woodland. Speeding up the work of nature like crystals that have been form over eons, the slabs of iron cooled to form diamond shaped platforms. The slabs of diamond shaped iron will remain in the rock as an artifact of the event. 
Here you see Coral Lambert making the first tap of iron near the 'Tree of Dawn' about to ignite: it is a symbol of renewal and the coming of the new sun after midsummers, the time is about midnight, the performance ran for about an hour and a half during the darkest hours of the magical night.

The Volcano Furnace tapped out 200# of molten iron three times out of seperate tap holes into three large carved garnite boulders. The Earth Mound Furnace and Boulders will remain as an earthwork for visitors to Pedvale Sculpture Park to enjoy for years to come.

Each tap of the Volcano Furnace Fire + Iron Earthwork provided a collaborative platform for a choreographed series of performances and ritual honoring the elements of dawn, sun, fire and iron, ultimately a reflection of earth’s creative process.

'Tree of Dawn' by Danielle Jensen, (Canada) : accompanied by Lily Montgomery and Daniel Totten.
'Forget Me Not Garden' planting by The Alzheimer's Glass and Iron: Rosemarie Oakman, Haley Jelinek and Elise Betrus. 
'Flight of the Phoenix' by Jenny K. Hager-Vickery, Susanne Roewer, (Germany) Cynthia Handel and Andreas Glaser (Switzerland).  
Musical accompaniment for the evening event was performed by Sarah Clover on vocals and Jeff Kalstrom on Bodiddly.
Coral Lambert was assisted by Ronda Phipps in the building and running of the Volcano Furnace as well as Alfred Students from the National Casting Center Foundry: Erik Nilson, Michelle Kweicen, Hannah Schilsky, Ripley Nichols, Becca Flis, Rose Oakman, Haley Jenelik, Elise Betrus, Dan Totten + Lily Montgomery.
Special thanks to:

The 7th ICCCIA
Pedvāle Open-Air Art Museum
Ojars Arvids Feldbergs

Alfred University's School of Art and Design
The National Casting Center Foundry @ Alfred
The Women's Leadership Center 
Naomi Winston Scholarship Award
Photo credits: Kristen Williams. Laura Feldsberga, Haley Jenelik and Gerhard Haug

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

VOLCANO FURNACE : Pedvale Open Air Art Museum, Latvia

Working Maquette of Volcano Furnace: Fire Earth Work
'Volcano Furnace : A Fire + Iron Earthwork' by Coral Penelope Lambert will be built and operated during Midsummers as part of the 7th International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art held at the Pedvāle Open-Air Art Museum in Latvia from June 19th through June 24th 2014.

Join us for the 'Blast Off' on the eve of June 23rd including fire performances:

'Volcano Furnace Firing' designed and operated by Coral Penelope Lambert with the assistance of the sparkling 'Iron Fire Spirits' Students from Alfred University National Casting Center Foundry : Ronda Phipps, Daniel Totten, Ripley Nichols, Hannah Schilsky, Michelle Kwiecien, Lily Montgomery and Erik Nilson.
'Tree of the Dawn' by Danielle Jenson.  
'Alzheimer's Iron Garden' by Rose Oakman, Haley Jenlinek and Elise Betrus. 
'Flight of the Phoenix' by Cynthia Handel, Suzzanne Roewer, Jenny Hager and Andreas Glaser. 

The theme for the 7th ICCCIA is Coalessence: Iron Forming Art, Ritual and Landscape, at the Pedvāle Open-Air Art Museum, reflecting the significance of the exchange and cultural coalescence, while emphasizing the integration of iron sculpture into the landscape and the realization of iron-based ritual performance art projects during the Jaņi 'midsummer' celebration. 

LANDSCAPE : The 'Volcano Furnace' is a 13ft earthwork and functioning iron furnace embracing the spirit of land and celebrating forces of nature. Built primarily of earth, clay, stone and wood I will be making a conscience effort to use appropriate technology and local materials. Construction of the interior of the furnace and earth moving will begin on site at Pedvale in early June. The 'Volcano Furnace' will be fired with coke and air, molten iron at temperatures up to 2700 farenhiet will flow from three channels into three molds cut from rock boulders. The boulders are sited at the front, left and right of the Volcano earth work. The Volcano Furnace will remain on site with the iron castings at the foot for visitors to the park to enjoy for years to come.

IRON FORMING ART : The 'Volcano Furnace' will be operated on June 23rd by Coral Lambert and her crew from The National Casting Center Foundry at Alfred University, New York to melt 900# of iron. The molten iron will flow out of three tunnels cut into the earth at the center of the Volcano, the iron will be cast into molds cut from stone boulders, the slabs of iron form diamond shapes speeding up the work of nature as crystals that have been form over eons. These slabs of diamond shaped iron will remain as an artifact of the event.

RITUAL : The 'Volcano Furnace' will provide a platform for an evening of performance and ritual during midsummer on June 23rd. As Iron and coke is charged it has to be carried up the mountainside, the effort is laborious and carried out by many 'spirits'. 'Climbing up the mountainside : We unfolded space together' is the act and art of charging melting and tapping the furnace choreographed into a dance of labor.

The story begins with an inspiration from Latvian Mythology based on Saule, the goddess of the sun and the 'Tree of the Dawn' choreographed by Danielle Jenson. Outside the garden a girl is lost as a metaphor for sick or dying. She finds guidance from the Volcano spirit to earn passage to the tree to find saule. To gain passage she must give offerings to the Volcano, she gives charges to the 'spirits' of the furnace. As she gets closer to completing her task her struggle becomes great, her binds are pulled.  When she is granted passage her struggles lighten momentarily. When she arrives at the tree she attempts to light a small fire to call saule. Her failure and dying is represented by spirits coming forward and pulling a layer off of her bodice and covering her with it. After she passes saule appears represented by the burning tree.

The garden to the right of the furnace where the 'Tree of the Dawn' is sited is also the site of blue flower plantings. The plantings take place throughout the charging of the furnace. The plantings are forget-me-nots a symbol of remembrance. This part of the performance is enacted by the Alzhemiers Iron Project. Spectators are invited to plant a seeds in remembrance of a loved one.

The first tap and flow of molten iron from the Volcano Furnace will light the 'Tree of the Dawn' whilst also casting the diamond slab of iron on the garden side, bringing the earth and Saule to life. Plantings begin in the garden.

The second tap of molten iron will flow to the front of the Volcano Furnace, bringing forth spectators, inviting them to warm themselves and warm food and water on the slab.

The third and final tap of molten iron casts into the overflowing slabs of rock to the right of the furnace as the base of the steps. During which a procession begins, a rising of the 'Flight of the Phoenix' choreographed and designed by Cynthia Handel, Jenny Hager and Suzzane Roewer. The 8ft phoenix references the Mercurial Bird, a symbol for the volatility of alchemy and revered for its profound powers. Its wings will spread as if for the first time in a thousand years and dancers will emerge, awakening the bird from the ashes. Equipped with the token symbols of the mercurial bird, the will give reinvigorate its magic, power and presence. The phoenix in all its glory atop the Volcano Furnace will eventually be ignited and become engulfed in flames. As the phoenix burns away, dancers will emerge from the
furnace to create a fire dance using fire fans as wings. When the fire dancers
wings burn out, the 'spirits' will collect remains such as ashes to be placed on the last hot iron diamond slab.

All again is calm, the dormant 'Volcano Furnace' earthwork will remain a charged site along with skeletal remnants of the 'Tree of the Dawn' and 'The Flight of the Pheonix' at Pedvale Open Air At Museum for future visitors to enjoy.

1st BLAST OFF : WORKING MAQUETTE by Coral Lambert on Feb 15th 2014 at the National Casting Center Foundry, Alfred University, New York.

Cast Iron Sculpture and Working Maquette of teh 'Volcano Furnace' with crew at the National Casting Center Foundry at Alfred University.

Plasticene Model of an initial rendition of the Volcano Furnace Earthwork
Phoenix Rising mechanism
Phoenix engulfed in flames at the top of the furnace

'Tree of the Dawn' costume by Danielle Jenson

'Flight of the Phoenix' Fire Dancer Costume by Cynthia Handel

We hope you can join us! The International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art at Pedvale provides an unprecedented  cultural exchange between the international cast iron sculpture movement in contemporary art, and the Latvian academic and professional sculpture tradition and community. The mission of the International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art is to “create an international platform for the exploration and practice of contemporary cast iron sculpture and to inspire global participation in the aesthetic, conceptual, cultural, historical, and technical dialogue on contemporary cast iron art.” 

Founded in 1988, Six successive conferences have occurred once every four years encompassing the scope, history and aesthetic possibilities of the cast iron medium to the creative practice of contemporary artists.