Casting lava directly from a flow. Volcano Pacaya, Guatemala. 2010.

Casting lava directly from a flow. Volcano Pacaya, Guatemala. 2010.

  Gerry assisting Danny with casting lava on Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii, 2012.

Gerry assisting Danny with casting lava on Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii, 2012.

Danny’s interest in lava started over thirty years ago after spending six months painting volcanoes in the Andes of Northern Chile which has one of the largest concentration of volcanoes in the world. Fascinated by lava forms and the potential for lava as sculpture, he experimented with melting rock in his studio furnace. Later, on two trips to Volcan Pacaya in Guatemala, he was eventually successful in casting lava into sculpture from an erupting vent using moulds; probably the first person to have done this. Subsequently, he spent eight months on the volcano PU’u’O’o in Hawaii, working on the project. The technical challenge of working with lava as well as the symbolism of the material continues to produce exciting results which have been exhibited in Canada and in Ireland. 

  Danny opening stomach mould. Hawaii 2012.

Danny opening stomach mould. Hawaii 2012.

  Danny opening ammo box mould, Hawaii 2012.

Danny opening ammo box mould, Hawaii 2012.