Iron Space Exchange emphasizes the migration of peoples, cultures and ideas, and the sculptural impact on landscape and environment. Installed at Franconia Sculpture Park in Minnesota and the Pedvale Open-Air Art Museum in Latvia, the work visually and physically connects the landscapes and cultures of Latvia and Minnesota, creating a shared experience of space.

Molds of the landscape were printed in iron from Franconia Sculpture Park in Minnesota, USA and the Pedvale Open Air Art Museum in Latvia. The molds of space - landscapes and forms captured at Franconia were cast at the International Iron Symposium at Aizpute led by Latvian sculptor Karlis Alainis and installed at Pedvale. The molds from the landscape and forms at Pedvale were cast in the United States at the Community + Collaboration Pour at Franconia and are currently on view in the Iron Exhibition.

There is an interesting phenomenon of recall, when a space is molded and reformed in a different space. In that moment there is a sense of memory, exchange and possibility. There is almost an exhalation, as if the mold had been waiting all this time to become its new form.

Tamsie Ringler is a fiscal year 2013 recipient of an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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