It’s not a “manhole” cover.

I’ve spent years seeking out historic, symbolic, and ornate “manhole covers” and have been calling these chunks of metal just that. If you search online, you’ll see the majority of people using that same term for any piece of iron that covers the human entrances to our underground utilities. I’ve always wondered if the gender-based description was ever questioned.

East Jordan Iron Works

East Jordan Iron Works (EJIW) was founded in East Jordan, Michigan in 1883 and manufactured everything from machine and ship parts to farming equipment and railroads. By World War II,  EJIW shifted their large-scale production to street castings, water valves, and fire hydrants. EJIW is now one of a few suppliers of infrastructure products to almost …

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Grand Rapids

With under a week left to create a Grand Rapids print for ArtPrize, I sketched up a thumbnail and we made a plan. Over the next five days, I painted, printed, and preserved eight pieces of historic utility covers creating one large layered print. This is the first design I saw driving into Grand Rapids …

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Indy Street Print

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 …

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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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