ArtPrize 10

Chicago Street Iron

“Chicago Street Iron” is a composition of nine street prints made around the city of Chicago during the Spring of 2018. It includes antique, unique, and common covers in the neighborhoods of Wicker Park, Bucktown, Irving Park, Lincoln Square, Logan Square, and downtown. I started out by taking photos of the specific covers I wanted …

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Richard’s Corner

I’ve made a few prints of this cover in Bucktown, Chicago. I believe it’s an old coal hole cover dating back to the late 1800s to early 1900s and it reads “Richards & Kelly Co. Chicago, Illinois.” The small circles would have been glass inserts allowing the light to shine down into the basement when …

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Under the L

“Under the L” is an amalgam of ten utility cover prints made under and around the Chicago Transit L tracks. Each print represents the specific line by corresponding colors and location.  Original Artwork made directly from utility covers in Chicago, IL. Back to ArtPrize

Seattle Spring

  Made specifically for ArtPrize, Seattle Spring is a composition of six prints pulled directly from utility covers in the city of Seattle. The idea was to bring life to normally overlooked and dull objects by painting them in bright, bold colors.     I started this as the first week of Spring rolled into …

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Troy Street Print

Empire Foundry

“Empire Foundry Co. Troy NY” Troy, NY May 2018 I really didn’t know anything about the Capital District of New York state before this year. It’s the metropolitan area surrounding Albany including a bunch of cities like Schenectady (the reason I was there), Sarasota Springs, Colonie, Rotterdam, and Troy – where I was lucky enough …

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Chicago Water System

The Chicago water system played an important role in the city’s history and the development of the infrastructure. If you take a look down while you’re waking, you’ll see the different styles, patterns, and fonts used over the past century. Some are square, most are round, a few are rectangles. There are meter covers, hatch covers, …

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Jimmy Ogle

“PTC Co Memphis” Memphis, TN April 2015 A few of us took a road trip from Philly to DC, Atlanta to Birmingham, then a few days rest in New Orleans — making prints the whole way. The next plan was to drive straight to Nashville where we had a place to stay that night. I checked …

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Hartman Foundry

“Hartman Foundry” Grand Rapids, MI August 2018 The original artwork was made from utility covers in Grand Rapids, MI. Back to ArtPrize

Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids, MI August 2018 Back to ArtPrize

Philatilities

7 unique prints from antique iron covers on one canvas including phone, electric, gas, and water covers designed and produced in Philadelphia over the past 100 years. When I first started this piece it was 5 degrees out and the ink and brushes were actually freezing as I painted. When I finished it was 95 …

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Rain Drain

“Drain” Seattle WA March 2017 It’s always great to get a message from an old friend when you happen to be a few blocks from each other. It had been a while since I saw Nick and after a quick phone call, we were standing on the corner of 2nd and Bell Streets deciding how …

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Keystone

“KT Co.” September 2016 Founded in 1900 the Keystone Telephone Company was the first in the world to install a phone line system. They were bought out in 1945 by Bell System and these covers remain in the streets of Philly. Original Artwork made directly from a utility cover in Philadelphia, PA. Back to ArtPrize

Pacific Power

Downtown Portland – December 27, 2016 Back to ArtPrize

PSCo

Public Service Company of Colorado traces its roots to 1869, when William N. Byers, owner of the Rocky Mountain News, ColonelJames Archer, Walter Scott Cheesman, and five other leading Coloradans gathered in Denver and agreed to finance a local gas lighting company. They incorporated the Denver Gas Company in November of 1869. By the end of 1870, Archer laid two …

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SFFD Cistern

A friend from Chicago who has been with the Fire Department for the past 25 years told me about the old cisterns and how there might be some unique manhole covers on them. Cisterns were used in the early 1900s to store water for fire departments and were placed strategically in neighborhoods throughout the city. They …

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Flint Water 1

“City of Flint Water Div.” Flint, MI July 2018 Spending years on a manhole cover hunt across the country, you start to appreciate our intricate, massive, and presumably indestructible infrastructure. Most of our pieces are created from sewer or water covers and many are over 100 years old. We can admire the beauty of their exterior designs but have …

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The Detroit Edison Co.

“The Detroit Edison Co.” Detroit, MI June 2016 While waiting to have some canvas stretched outside of Flint, we decided to steer the print mission towards the Motor City. Passing by the exit for 8 Mile headed downtown and actually listening to some old Em at 4:30 PM on a Thursday, one would expect heavy …

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Flint Water 2

”City of Flint Water Div.” Flint, MI July 2018 Spending years on a manhole cover hunt across the country, you start to appreciate our intricate, massive, and presumably indestructible infrastructure. Most of our pieces are created from sewer or water covers and many are over 100 years old. We can admire the beauty of their exterior designs but have …

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Portage Park

“J.B. Clow & Sons. Chicago” Chicago, IL Known today as Clow Valve Company, James B. Clow & Sons produced wrought iron pipe and other foundry products dating back to 1878. In 1890, Clow added fire hydrants and waterworks valves to its line by becoming a distributor for the Eddy Valve Company of Waterford, N.Y. In the …

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The Shore

Original Artwork made directly from a utility cover in Longport, NJ. Back to ArtPrize

Ocean City

Original Artwork made directly from a utility cover in Ocean City, NJ.  

The Quarter

Original Artwork made directly from a utility cover in New Orleans, LA. Back to ArtPrize 

Drains

Original Artwork made directly from a utility cover in New Smyrna, FL.

Jefferson County

Until we looked to the left about half way from Atlanta to Birmingham, I thought Talladega was the fictional home of Ricky Bobby. Just kept thinking “no rain, please no rain.” It was way too long of a drive to not get a print. As soon we passed the speedway, the sun came out along …

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Wetlanta

“Property of City of Atlanta” Atlanta, GA April 2015 After cruising through the Northeastern states this past year, we completely underestimated the size of the South. A twelve hour drive from DC with a somewhat wasted print attempt in Raleigh, one sick passenger, and rain on the way made for a great first and only night …

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The Yards

With a long trip ahead and a few DC prints under the belt, the thought of sleeping in was tempting, but midnight google searches for manhole covers had the alarm set at 4:45. A blogger’s directions said to head towards New Jersey and L Streets down in the old Navy Yard. It’s now called “The Yards” with construction booming, the …

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Parks and Rec

“City of New York Parks and Recreation” Battery Park, Manhattan November 2015 HUGE shout out to one of my OG IG friends and favorites… @insta_twit_manholes for leading me to this New York Parks and Recreation cover. I saw it on her feed and sent a message while on the way to NYC from Philly. She …

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Jersey City

Almost gave up after circling way too many blocks looking for this ornate cover. It was on the main drag, during rush hour, and next to a bus stop. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect. It was funny and fun to make this while groups of teenagers and other commuters stood by. Lots of onlookers …

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U.S.N.Y.

Spent a Sunday morning at FDR skatepark in Philly and decided to drive through the old Navy Yard at the end of Broad Street. It’s not really old anymore. Developers transformed the abandoned grounds and turned it into a thriving business park with many well known corporate headquarters. Since it was Sunday, it was basically empty and we …

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Steam

Found this cover near 21st and South Streets. It was very old and hard to get the ink to stick. We were really excited to see the outcome thinking it was going to read “Philadelphia MEATS” until we realized our spelling was not up to par. Original Artwork made directly from a utility cover in Philadelphia, …

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34th Street

We searched high and low and all day long throughout Louisville for this ornate cast iron coal cover. During the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Kentucky predominantly relied on coal to heat Louisville businesses and factories. Using carts or wagons, workmen would deliver the coal by stopping in front of businesses to remove the coal …

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Snead

Louisville Coal Hole Cover, 2 of 3 Founded in 1849 by the Snead family, Snead & Co. Iron Works manufactured decorative and architectural cast iron throughout Louisville. Many buildings throughout the city still display iron work by Snead & Co., particularly on Main Street. There are also a great amount of manhole covers that bear …

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M$

Original Artwork is ink on canvas. Back to ArtPrize

1894

“DC Sewer Dept. 1894” Washington, DC November 2014 Back to ArtPrize

Alexandria Water Co.

Original Artwork made directly from a utility cover in Alexandria, VA. Back to ArtPrize

NP

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Balto FD

“Balto Fire Dept” Baltimore, MD June 2013 Back to ArtPrize

NYC Sewer

“NYC Sewer” Manhattan, New York City November 2014 Back to ArtPrize  

Manhattan

Early on, I’d work in the cover of darkness. I’d spend days doing recon, taking photos of the covers, the cross street signs or some kind of visual reminder, and sometimes I’d even write it down. Like a true non-tech in a tech world, I didn’t have or never thought of setting my location services. I …

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Brooklyn

BS stands for “Bureau of Sewers” and this night was so long that I couldn’t remember if the yellow dots were different shapes on the cover or if I just painted those particular squares. “BS” Brooklyn, NY November 2014 Original Artwork made directly from a utility cover in NYC, NY. Back to ArtPrize

Sunrise

Original Artwork made directly from a utility cover in Newport, R.I. Back to ArtPrize  

Narragansett

Tallboy

“Narragansett Electric Company” September 2015 (Providence RI) I was making a U-turn trying to get out of the park after making what I thought was the last print of the trip. I hopped out and noticed the unique typography in a football type shape before reading what it actually said. I don’t know much history about …

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See Shell

Original Artwork made directly from a utility cover in Providence, R.I. Back to ArtPrize 

NE T&T Co.

I’m going through a ton of old canvas right now . Which means I’m doing some reminiscing….. Three years ago, I wandered into a shop in Portland, ME. “I’m looking for some old manholes. Happen to know where any are?” A sweet lady named Beverly proceeds to open her phone and show me photos she …

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Luck

With only a few hours in Boston, we went straight to the “Cheers” block and picked a cover quickly. The only thing I knew about Boston at this point was my grandmother’s favorite team. During the playoffs, she would call and place $2 to $5 bets on the Celtics with the kids. I don’t know …

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Cheers

“Boston Water Meter” September 2015 Having just one night in Boston, it seemed the right thing to do was have a beer at Cheers, then wait for them to close so I could make a print. Growing up, my dad would turn the news off once a week and laugh for an hour. Not sure …

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Storm

STORM West Chester, PA Original Artwork made directly from a utility cover in West Chester, PA. Back to ArtPrize  

Public Service

Growing up in South Jersey, we used to watch the fireworks in Camden each year. There is a vibrant waterfront with museums, an aquarium, The Battleship New Jersey, and a great concert venue. Beyond the river banks is a desolate city labeled for years as America’s poorest and most dangerous. There are no downtown shops, …

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Gas

West Chester, PA March 2011

The Phoenix

Original Artwork made directly from a utility cover in Phoenixville, PA.

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