Artistic creations and lava flow events are an integral part of the Syracuse University Lava Project. Background for this aspect of the project can be found on Professor Robert Wysocki’s Vimeo site. Below we highlight some additional information related to some especially aesthetically interesting features and events created by the Lava Project.



Iceland is a popular tourist destination that features spectacular volcanic terranes including volcanoes, lava flows, geysers and hot springs. In fact, Iceland is almost entirely constructed of  young (<few million years old) basaltic lava flows with active eruptions occurring every few years. Geothermal heat is a major source of domestic energy and continues to shape Iceland’s industry and culture. In this context the Lava Project is collaborating with entrepreneurs Júlíus Ingi Jónsson and Ragnhildur Agustsdottir to create a lava flow demonstration for tourists and the local populace in Reykjavik, Iceland to provide a first-hand glimpse of flowing lava that is the foundation of Iceland and that continues to represent remarkable opportunities and hazards. The show is planned to open in 2017.


Toronto Nuit Blanche, 2015

One of the most ambitious and spectacular lava flow demonstrations to date took place at the Nuit Blanche Art Exposition in Toronto, Canada in October 2015. For this invited installation, Professor Wysocki used a specially built, large (>30 feet tall), coke-fired, blast furnace to generate ~8 tons of lava in an overnight demonstration. This event attracted thousands of spectators who witnessed an evolving lava flow and associated features in downtown Toronto.