The WOW Story
Established in 2005 by Sara Hanson, the WOW Mobile Metal Lab is known for its collaborative public art installations, workshops/classes, make-and-take events, and educational demonstrations.
WOW celebrates the individual and the collective with accessible programming for all skill levels and ages. WOW is fully mobile and self-contained—we bring the entire cast metal process to you.
A Workshop on Wheels
During the first years of WOW, Sara operated out of a truck with a trailer. When confronted by the constraints of seasonality and limited space, innovation sparked.
In 2018, the WOW Mobile Lab and Show underwent a transformation. By organizing grants, a KIVA loan, and a kickstarter, Sara was able to purchase and fully renovate a Metro Transit City bus. The traveling foundry is equipped with running water, fourteen indoor work stations, foundries, and plenty of standing room. The updates allow the bus to easily accommodates large events of up to 300 people or feel intimate enough for a small group experience.
While the bus can, and does, travel all throughout the Twin Cities Metro and beyond, Sara has a permanent parking spot in the Sculpture Quad at the Casket Art Building in NE Minneapolis. You can find her there maintaining the bus, operating workshops, or planning her next public art project.
Art should be available to everyone as a way to invest in local communities, explore one’s self, and beautify the environment.