Beautiful Rusty Things in the Neighborhood

There seems to be a lot of copper and iron around Chicago. The metal work is so colorful, with the iron colored from golden ocher to almost aubergine and the copper taking on lovely green and turquoise patinas with some soft mauve tones as well. Even the concrete sidewalks become stained with color. I love these grids.

squares Beautiful Rusty Things in the Neighborhoodmanhole Beautiful Rusty Things in the Neighborhoodwater Beautiful Rusty Things in the Neighborhoodpipes Beautiful Rusty Things in the Neighborhoodmrs+lincoln Beautiful Rusty Things in the NeighborhoodI was surprised when I stumbled upon this plaque on the wall of a building about 4 blocks down the street from where we live, it’s funny I hadn’t noticed it until recently.

tree+grate Beautiful Rusty Things in the NeighborhoodI think the tree grates they put down a couple years ago were intended to rust because they were pretty orange from the time they went in and they just seem to get more colorful all the time.

grate Beautiful Rusty Things in the NeighborhoodAnd when you push the saturation up in Photoshop you get all kinds of pretty colors.

7 Responses to “Beautiful Rusty Things in the Neighborhood”

  1. Cindy says:

    I’m going to show these pictures to my husband so he can see I’m not the only one who takes photos of the ground! : )

    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Beena says:

    Love those patinas. Thanks for posting the great pics!

  3. luanne says:

    beautiful colors! bet it would be fun to take rubbings of these (something i’ve never done, but like the idea) and scan or otherwise incorporate into mixed media or quilt pieces.

    isn’t it cool how noticing something like these suddenly opens up a whole new realm of things to “see” everyday?

  4. Lovely! I’m doing research on patinas for my copper and bronze. Can’t wait to try to produce some of these gorgeous surfaces.

  5. tmstewart says:

    Hi Judy,
    Great photos. You weren’t kidding when you said you were noticing the rusty things in your neighborhood :-)I thought I was the only one who took goofy photos like this, but apparently there are plenty of us.

    Nice talking with you yesterday. I hope to see you again at the PAQA meeting.

  6. Lois Jarvis says:

    I am loving these photos, but then I love everything to do with rust!

  7. Grace says:

    What I’d like to do is find a way to wrap some fabric around it to rust….wouldn’t it be cool to see white PDF all around the city rusting…maybe we’d get to pick a day where the city allows all fiber artist access. How cool but oh sooo not gonna happen.

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