Modern Art Foundry is a third generation family owned foundry in Astoria, Queens. It was founded by John Spring in 1932. They specialize in fine art services.
One of their works we’re most familiar with is the Alice in Wonderland statues in Central Park. We booked this tour through Untapped Cities. Jeffrey Spring was our guide and he is the grandson of John Spring. You could see the pride he took in the business, the history of it and his employees.
We got an in depth tour of the facilities. The foundry is located in the old carriage house of the Steinway estate (Steinway pianos). The old Steinway mansion is located up the street. The Steinway family has deep history in the Astoria/Long Island City area of Queens. The Steinway factory is located a few blocks away from the foundry.
The Foundry does a lot of things. They work with artists and sculptors, they do maintenance and conservation, and commemorative design. To read about it in depth, click here. They do maintenance and conservation for Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn, the Civil War monument Soldiers.
Here’s a NY Times article written about the Foundry.
This is a really cool behind the scenes tour. Hearing the passion in Jeff’s voice was refreshing since most people I know hate their jobs. You could tell he really appreciates his coworkers and some have been there longer than him. If you decide to check the foundry out, look up places to eat in Astoria. There’s a lot of different food choices, it’s not far from Manhattan and you’ll get to experience what a real New York neighborhood is. For dessert, go to Martha’s Country Bakery – the apple pie & berry napoleon are some of our favorites.
Here’s a video about them:
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