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Jeffrey Karson & Robert Wysocki

Materials–Based Research Grant


Experimental Lava Flows for Scientific and Artistic Displays

The Syracuse University Lava Project relies on the collaboration between Professors Jeffrey Karson (Department of Earth Sciences) and Robert Wysocki (School of Art). This program is an outstanding example of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) on the SU campus. A primary project goal was to explore different ways to work with lava produced in a large-scale tilt furnace to make a number of specific craft pieces utilizing this exotic medium.

Sculptor and Assistant Professor in the School of Art at Syracuse University. Inspired by the diverse forms created by natural phenomena, Sculptor Robert Wysocki uses modified furnaces designed for work with metals to create lava flows from re-melted ancient lava. He creates realistic lava flow forms on a range of scales as a form of landscape reproduction or land art.

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Syracuse, NY



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