This image is from my Abandoned Pittsburgh photography project, documenting the Steel City's industrial past. Each print is signed, dated and identified on the back.
"Carrie Furnace: Fence" on wood (maple/birch composite), printed by ink sublimation. 14” width, 11" height. The natural tones and grain of the wood combine with the image to create a unique and durable work of art. Wood prints are 3/4” thick and arrive ready to hang without needing a frame; the backing keyhole allows the artwork to hang flat against the wall.
As the only non-operative blast furnaces to remain standing in the Pittsburgh area, the Carrie Furnaces are a dramatic reminder of Western Pennsylvania’s steel heritage. Constructed in 1906 in Rankin on the Mononghahela River, the 92-foot-tall furnaces produced more than 1,000 tons of iron a day for the U.S. Steel Homestead Works until 1978. According to the Rivers of Steel Heritage Area, which maintains the site and offers tours, the blast furnaces consumed about four tons of raw materials (iron ore, coke and limestone) for every ton of iron produced. The furnaces’ cooling system required over five million gallons of water a day. As an extremely rare example of pre-World War II iron-making technology, Carrie Furnaces 6 and 7 are a focal point for the proposed Homestead Works National Park, which would preserve the site for its national historical significance.