Christian Benefiel

Finnish Project Support, 2011

Project on sustainable practices for artists at foundries. With an MFA in sculpture from the University of Maryland at College Park, where a large-scale foundry enabled him to develop expertise in metal-casting processes, Benefiel developed the world’s first foundry powered by methane gas from a landfill in North Carolina. He notes that “toxic and dangerous processes remain common for artists.” While teaching at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Benefiel also built a small sustainable foundry there.