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Street Fossils – 2015

In the 1980s I started photographing “street fossils” – car logos, utensils, bits of metal…whatever had fallen onto the street and then gotten pressed into the asphalt by cars. When they paved Johnson Avenue in Bushwick, I took some old Lincoln car logos that I had from when I worked the advertising and put it onto the hot asphalt before the roller came down the street. This was my first attempt to make my own street fossils – you can see them at the corner of Bushwick and Varick avenues.

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Walking out when the roller was down the street and laying them on top of the bed of hot asphalt.

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They’d go over the asphalt three or four times.

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Try explaining that to the crew.

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I kept thinking of it as a “steam roller,” although it’s probably been 50 years since they were powered by steam.

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Now embedded in the street at the corner of Johnson and Varick avenues… stop by for a look!