Golden Teal can be found on a grating on a busy Valparaiso street near a pond.  This winter photograph knocked our socks off!  Duncan Brown notes that this grating showed no promise for almost a year until the day he took this photograph.  He said,  “Seeing Golden Teal that winter day, I felt like Balboa first glimpsing the water that extended so far it could only be a new Ocean.” Photographs captured on the same street  (see silhouettes, Turquoise)  and River (evocative sunsets) were taken the same day and reflect the same light.

Product # 041-4243-P8 Category

Golden Teal, Sunset on a Sunny Winter 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 a sunny winter sunset.

“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, and displays the same ability as the original cast iron to reflect and mirror light at different times of day. Duncan Brown and Carla Brown 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.”