An original, hand-printed, hand-painted letterpress print—this is not a reproduction! This piece is part of the “Local Conditions” series, which depicts Washington’s Mt. Rainier from a variety of different vantage points. (You can read more about the project on the blog.) There are 15 different designs in the series; you can find them all here.
Mount Rainier, shrouded within a lenticular cloud, peeks out from behind Tacoma, Washington’s historic Old City Hall and Northern Pacific Railroad buildings. The iconic clock tower of Old City Hall is one of Tacoma’s most distinctive and recognized structures, and (often with Mount Rainier in the background) has been the subject of tourist souvenirs, picture postcards, photographs and artwork for over a hundred years. On November 24, 2010, after an unusual cold snap, a pipe burst in the building, soaking the walls, ceilings and floors with 30,000 gallons of water. With extensive flood damage and the building owner facing foreclosure, Old City Hall faces an uncertain future.
This artwork was letterpress printed by hand on an antique Vandercook No. 4 press, on soft white Rives Lightweight paper. Each print in the edition was then painstakingly hand-painted with watercolor. Each print is numbered, signed and dated, and labeled with the latitude/longitude coordinates of the exact location the illustration was drawn from.
Edition of 42 prints
Paper size: 6 x 7.5 inches (15.2 x 19.1 cm)
Image size: 3 x 5 inches (7.6 x 12.7 cm)
This piece was printed in a limited edition, so once the edition sells out, it will not be reprinted. So snag your copy while you can!
This original artwork is copyright Chandler O’Leary 2010. Copyright is not transferable with the sale of this print. The buyer is not entitled to reproduction rights.
This print is packaged in a clear poly sleeve and will ship flat in a protective mailer via United States Postal Service. WA state residents are subject to sales tax.