River Rapids Letterpress Print
An original, hand-printed, hand-painted letterpress print—this is not a reproduction! “River Rapids” is part of Chandler O’Leary’s Local Conditions series, which depicts Washington’s Mt. Rainier from a variety of different vantage points. The series includes a total of 15 designs.
The south face of Mount Rainier towers over the banks of the Nisqually River, inside Mount Rainier National Park. The Nisqually River begins as a mountain glacier above Paradise, the most frequently-visited part of the park. The meltwater from the glacier tumbles downhill and before long grows into a swift stream full of wild rapids. As it continues downward, it widens, until it is the mighty river that empties into Puget Sound, feeding forests, prairies, wetlands and farm fields along the way.
This artwork was letterpress printed by hand on an antique Vandercook No. 4 press, on soft white Rives Lightweight paper. Each print in the edition was then painstakingly hand-painted with watercolor. Each print is numbered, signed and dated, and labeled with the latitude/longitude coordinates of the exact location the illustration was drawn from.
Edition of 49 prints
Paper size: 6” x 7.5”
Image size: 3” x 5”