Saturday, October 5, 2013

Steam Powered Art

For ten years in a row, the San Francisco Center for the Book has hosted an event on the street outside their front door where prints are made from 3 ft. by 3 ft. linoleum blocks by making a sandwich of the inked block, paper and various protective layers and running a steamroller over it. We attended this event last Sunday. The photos are a mixture of mine and Madame Le Chef's. (Please click.)

Normally the steamroller is a modern compact machine but this year the organizers were able to get in contact with some steam enthusiasts up in Willets CA and voilĂ , an actual steam powered steamroller.

The paper was put down carefully.

The protective layers were added. You can see the backup modern steamroller in the background on the left side.

The steamroller got up a head of steam.

Things got rolling.

The layers were peeled away.


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