Miners' Drilling Contest (1979–80)



Woodcut

Dale DeArmond

Edition of 30 (regular edition – 5 color)

Unknown proofs were produced


Unknown Edition (first state – black and white)


Paper type: white Japanese

Print size: 19" x 24"

Image size: 15" x 20"


Note: in the print, there are various minor differences between the two states (i.e., detail in the overhead clouds). 


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.