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Miners' Drilling Contest (1979-80)

Dale DeArmond
Artist's Edition: 30
Edition of Artist Proofs: 10

Unknown Edition (first state – uncolored)
Unknown proofs were produced

Paper type: white Japanese
Print size: 19" x 24"
Image size: 15" x 20"

Editor's note: other than coloring, there are various minor differences between the two states (i.e., detail in the overhead clouds, the size of the lines in the floor). Known copies of the first state are unnumbered. Images courtesy of the Alaska State Museum.

As part of a portfolio of works by fellow Juneau artists, this print was commissioned to celebrate 1980, Juneau's centennial year. Their theme was to relate to the history and spirit of Juneau. After the exhibition, the Centennial Committee offered these prints for purchase. In the early days of gold mining in the Juneau area, drilling of the rock for blasting was done by hand, usually by teams of two miners. Hand drilling was also a popular Fourth of July contest, with the deepest hole in a set time winning the event.