As the sun waned on an overcast summer evening, this grating reflected teal, mint, aqua, pink and gold. Named Crayon, this grating is located in a small private neighborhood (with permission) in Valparaiso, Indiana.  See the other Crayons in this collection, photographed at different times of day and in many different seasons. The red/orange dot on this grating reminds Duncan of Marilyn Monroe’s beauty mark.

Product # 057-4761-P17 Category

Crayon, Sunset on an Overcast Summer Day


Framing adds 1/2″ on the top, bottom, left and right of art.
Mounting includes an anti-UV coating.

About the Artwork

Review written by Bill Teeple, Curator of ICON Gallery in Fairfield, IA for the IOWA SOURCE (©  2019 reprinted with permission):

This photograph (and others in this collection) “reveals the rich variety of colors and textures that appear in cast iron when photographed during the “golden hour” — in this case sunset on an overcast summer day.  

“The artworks are macro photographs of cast iron street gratings cast with a bas-relief sculpture of a trout and framed by the words “dump no waste” and “drains to waterways.” The gratings are a plea for the public to care for the environment.

“Cast iron exposed to the open air oxidizes in different ways, creating tens of thousands of mirror-like surfaces that catch incoming light at different angles and depths. The resulting images bring the viewer in close proximity to the delicacy of early morning and late afternoon light during various weather conditions and seasons.During this golden hour light, richer and brighter colors are revealed.

“Duncan and Carla Brown’s work is created using archival pigments on cotton, and displays the same ability as the original cast iron to reflect and mirror light at different times of day. The Browns discovered the gratings in 2018. Duncan has taken thousands of photos of gratings in the Upper Midwest, and Carla has been essential in editing the images.”

As with all of our images, this one is available in a 22″width as well.