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Giant Molten Iron Ladle

If standing inside of a giant molten iron ladle was on your bucket list, you can now cross it off. At the far end of Ship Canal Commons, located next to Tifft Nature Preserve, sits a massive reminder of the industrial history of the site. According to a nearby placard, the ladle was acquired from the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh and now sits near where the Hanna Furnace Company had one of its operating ladles. While originally preparing the site for reuse, a rail wrench and iron ingots were found and have been incorporated into this awesome display of industrial art. The sculpturesque ladle is large enough to hold half a dozen people or so, all standing comfortably with plenty of extra headroom.


Walking into the ladle and looking out over the serene ship canal is kind of a neat experience, especially when you stop to contemplate the historic aspect of the site, compared to the natural regeneration of the land that we’re seeing today. The project is a dedication to all of the men and women who worked at the furnace company, and who helped to build America even though this particular line of work was extremely hazardous. The securing of the ladle was made possible by funding provided by the Greenway Standing committee and The Wendt Foundation.



Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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