Description The guys who worked at the By Products Department told me how the sizzling coke had to be cooled or quenched so that it could be loaded onto railroad cars. Otherwise, the coke would continue to burn because it held heat. One worker said, When water hit the coke, huge funnels of steam were released and, as the steam gushed up into the sky, a light sprinkling of rain fell as some of the steam condensed. This photograph was taken from Pittsburghs Birmingham Bridge, facing east over the ice-covered Monongahela River.This image was selected by MacArthur Fellow LaToya Ruby Frazier for her On The Making of Steel Genesis: Sandra Gould Ford exhibition.
Sandra Gould Ford, Pittsburgh, PA Member Since March 2019 Artist Statement The Steel Genesis images recall a vanished industrial era along Pennsylvania's Monongahela River. These documentary as well as painterly, poignant and vivid photographs remind that genesis is a universal and personal experience.
Sandra Gould Ford worked in the last mill to make steel in the city of Pittsburgh. She presents arts experiences to encourage, refresh, enrich creative thinking and inspire. She is an author, photographer, contemplative artist and quilt maker. Her work has toured the country and is in both public and private collections. She is an active member of The Authors Guild and Science Fiction Writers of America. Sandra Gould Ford explores the human experience through the arts while sharing her skills and talents. For more information, visit: http://SandraGouldFord.com