Illinois

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

Larry Sewers

Last fall, I was spending a lot of time at hospitals and medical buildings around Chicago. One Tuesday morning, feeling somewhat defeated, I stumbled upon a beautiful and very old sewer cover outside of Illinois Masonic – which changed my mood instantly. I felt weak and unmotivated, but I knew the supplies were in the …

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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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Lincoln Park Service

As American cities slowly grew over the 20th Century they incorporated whole townships that had at one time been more independent. In the streets this can be seen in the old covers of forgotten utility companies, such as this cover from the Lincoln Park Service Electric Company. Tracking down information about the utility company’s history …

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Richard’s Corner – Blue

I’ve made a few prints of this particular cover in Bucktown, a neighborhood in Chicago. I believe it’s an old coal hole cover dating back to the 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 …

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Wrigley

This is the first in a series of prints made around Wrigleyville in 2016 to celebrate the Cubs magical season. We have since made at least one print for each game of the playoffs on different manhole covers around the stadium. Looking forward to putting together the Wrigley Collection in the coming weeks. Original Artwork …

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Richards and Kelly

Started the day thinking “No more ink, or prints for at least a month” – Four hours later after finding this coal hole cover in Bucktown, I’m standing at the canvas roll deciding how many yards to buy. It’s the first one I’ve seen like this in Chicago after searching for the past few years. …

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Commonwealth

Original Artwork made directly from a utility cover in Chicago, IL. Shop:

City Elec 2

Portage Park – August 2016 Original Artwork made directly from a utility cover in Chicago, IL. Shop:

CPD

Portage Park – August 2016 Original Artwork made directly from a utility cover in Chicago, IL. Shop:

City

“City” Ravenswood, Chicago October 2016 Original Artwork made directly from a utility cover in Chicago, IL. Shop:

Bucktown Green

Started the day thinking “No more canvas, ink, or prints for at least a month” – Four hours later after finding this coal hole cover in Bucktown, I’m standing at the canvas roll deciding how many yards to buy. It’s the first one I’ve seen like this in Chicago after searching for the past few …

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Lincoln Park EC

Original Artwork made directly from a utility cover in Chicago, IL.

Unity

Original Artwork made directly from a utility cover in Chicago, IL. Shop:

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 City

It was a really hard decision to commit to the colors – to stray from my team, or the team of this city. What should you do if you are a Sixers fan in Chicago watching the Warriors about to win a 2nd consecutive championship? Find a sweet manhole cover and dedicate it to the champs. The idea of …

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Wrigleyville

Original Artwork made directly from a utility cover in Chicago, IL.  

City Elec

First night back in Chicago. It was great to be in the old neighborhood. Found this one in the middle of Lincoln Square. Original Artwork is ink on canvas.

Sanitary District

Original Artwork made directly from a utility cover in Chicago, IL.

CWW

Original Artwork made directly from a utility cover in Chicago, IL.

Chicago Pride

Original Artwork made directly from a utility cover in Chicago, IL.

Red Fish

Wicker Park – November, 2015 Original Artwork made directly from a utility cover in Chicago, IL.

Gold Fish

“Chicago Sewer – Dump no waste. Drains to Waterways” Found this particular piece a few years ago on Milwaukee Ave in Bucktown. After a few test prints over a couple of months, we pulled this one on a freezing cold November night. Finished it off with a beer at Estelle’s and moved on. If only …

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Chicago Electric

Original Artwork made directly from a utility cover in Chicago, IL.

Wicker Park

“Dump No Waste – Drains to Waterways” Original Artwork made directly from a utility cover in Chicago, IL.  

Edison

April, 2015 Found this one by accident on Wacker Drive in Downtown Chicago. Had to pull over and grab it. 28×32″ Original Artwork made directly from a utility cover in Chicago, IL.

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