In September of 2013 there was a 100 year rain event along the front range of Colorado. Many areas received more than a year’s worth of precipitation in a couple of days. Many rivers and creeks flooded severely and property damage was extensive. The Big Thompson River rose rapidly and cut the city of Loveland, Colorado in two for days as it covered roadways and flooded structures. Sections of the city were under mandatory evacuation orders as flood waters rose. My studio was within one of those areas, located as it is just north of the Big Thompson River in Loveland. I was out of town at the time, but was receiving periodic emergency messages on my phone, wondering just how bad it was, but unable to do anything. Of course, even if I had been in town, I wouldn’t have been able to do anything.
In the end, I was fortunate. The flood waters rose and completely surrounded our building, but only small amounts seeped in under the doors. What did come in brought with it an incredibly fine mud and a significant cleanup job. Some flooring was damaged, but no finished artwork. Businesses across the street were not as fortunate, as some of them had feet of water in them.
At the time of the flood I was in the middle of an edition. I had the plates standing on edge, leaning up against the press and they ended up standing in the water. The edges of the plates swelled and I expected that they were ruined. I recently went back and looked at the plates and the partially completed proofs again, and decided to see what I could do. By making some adjustments, I was able to salvage part of the edition, although in a different form than I had originally intended.
The title, Restoration of Service, is not the one I had originally chosen, but somehow, it seemed appropriate.