Brick Culvert

Upward Mobility: 1908
UpwardMobility1908A photo on Shorpy titled Upward Mobility: 1908 is one of those that you can spend literally hours examining all the detail. This is the “Mount Adams Incline”, Cincinnati, Ohio c.1908. On the lower left you can see a road and at the top of that road just shy of the retaining wall is a culvert. It’s mostly buried .. but what’s there just jumped out at me. I thought doing a variation of this on the layout would ‘work’.
Oven to Culvert
OvenCastingI created a mold to cast multiple copies (16 total) for my Coke Oven Bank project. I had a friend suggest using one to replicate the culvert. “Hey!” .. I said. Great idea. I only need to carve off the bits that are not needed!
The Area
Image1I still intend to replicate that half-buried culvert from the Shorpy photo at some point but for now .. a variation. I found a spot for it where track curves around and behind the pier. A culvert bringing waste water(?) under the track and dumping directly into the river. Yeah .. that will work.
A Brick Culvert
Image2That Shorpy photo was in Black and White but my guess is that the culvert was large bricks. To replicate that I carved away all of the ‘not culvert’ bits from the oven casting and super-glued it to a small copper pipe coupling. I then sprayed with American Accents Terra Cotta. This paint has a fine texture and works good as a base color for brick’ish objects. I came back later with a Craft Paint Terra Cotta slightly lighter in color and drybrushed here and there.
In place
Image3I gouged out a space in the foam and glued the culvert ‘assembly’ in place. Since this was (in theory) carved out of the rock .. I will use Rip-Rap to fill around it.
Rip Rap
Image4.. and finally .. rock poured around the culvert. I may add water pouring out of the mouth of the thing .. at some point.


Brick Culvert — 3 Comments

  1. Nice job – this is a foot bridge over Boneyard Creek in Champaign, Ill. where I grew up. Your culvert made me think of it. Skip.

    • That’s really interesting. It’s sometimes amazing to me when structures like this are really light in appearance – that we probably overbuild a lot of times.

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