May 19, 2015 03:15 PM


082114 Lava Steak from robert wysocki on Vimeo.

Syracuse University’s Lava Project sounds like the setup to a joke about academic overspending. But it’s actually a fascinating collaboration between a geologist at the school’s Department of Earth Sciences, Jeff Karson, and a sculptor, Bob Wysocki, from the Department of Art.

Using basaltic lava, which is similar to the kind found at the bottom of the ocean and in volcanoes in Hawaii and Iceland, the pair melt and pour their way to natural, manageably scaled lava flows that they use for experiments, sculpture projects and art installations.

Oh, and also grilling.

Titled simply “Lava Steak,” this video really speaks for itself. Someone – presumably Wysocki – grills several steaks, hot dogs and what looks like some salmon over a trough of hot lava.

Regrettably, we don’t get tasting notes, but it’s safe to say that at least one of the steaks – the one that’s shown being cooked directly on the lava near the end – ended up a little more “blackened-style” than rare.

Our only question is, can we buy this grill at Home Depot?

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