I started the morning after visiting Founders in Grand Rapids
I used the farms, fields, and landscape as the inspiration for my color palette.
Layer 1: “New Telephone Co. Made by Cleaveland Fence Co.”
Found in the Herron Morton Historic District in an alley behind an old iron foundry technical school.
Layer 2: “C.G. Foundry and Pattern Wks. Indianapolis”
Huge cover in downtown Indianapolis.
Layer 3: The text was eligible but I did make out “Ind” in the center.
Thought long and hard about stopping here.
Came back months later and found this. I had met a traffic control worker who said he had been lifting these covers for the past 20 years andnever saw this design.
Then I experimented with colors and ended up with this.
The color palette for the final layer.
Classic Indiana: “The Ford Water Meter Box Co. Wabash, Indiana”
Detail: “Pat. No. 1923481. FORD M.F.CO. WABASH”
Original Artwork made directly from utility covers in Indianapolis, IN.