Sculptor and Falls Art Foundry co-owner, Matt Weir's talk will help demystify the ancient "Lost Wax Metal Casting Process", which Enid Yandell used to create works such as her Hogan's Fountain and Daniel Boone bronze sculptures, both in Cherokee Park. Though images and detailed discussion, you will learn how a foundry takes an artist's model from its initial sculpted material through the stages of the casting process to a finished bronze sculpture. In addition to discussing metal casting, Matt will also talk about how his own work in addition to that of Louisville's unique sculptural legacy is related to Enid and her foundational life.
Matt graduated Cum Laude with a BFA from the University of Louisville Hite Art Institute with minors in Humanities and Art History in 2004. Throughout that time, he was also busy apprenticing with a diverse set of professional artists, studios and at the Bright Foundry an art foundry in Louisville. His time associated with the foundry, established by sculptor Barney Bright, lasted for approximately 15 years. In 2016 the Bright Foundry closed permanently and Matt co-organized a team to succeed it as Falls Art Foundry, which is now located in the historic Portland neighborhood. Matt's work may be found throughout the region in such landscapes and places as Bernheim Forest, Oldham County Courthouse, St. Xavier high school, as well as the downtown streets of Louisville.