Florida Shell Mine, Framed Woodblock Print

This large woodblock print is about human use of landscapes and Ice Age fossils in Florida. It was inspired by visits to the fossil shell mines near Ruskin, Florida on the Gulf Coast. The shell aggregate is used for pathways, park roads and other fill around the state.

Heavy machinery scoops up the shell layers, leaving piles here and there. When I visited I found many Ice Age fossil shells, over a million years old: huge old whelks, geoduck clams and dugong ribs embedded in the loose strata.

Two views of the mines are stacked one on top of the other, creating patterns of dirt piles, horizons and tracks, with small man-made objects here and there, all carved from wood and printed in rich black ink.

Black wood frame, outside dimensions 20 ¼” tall by 26 ¼” wide. Plexi glazing. Image size is 12 by 18 inches.

My woodcut prints are designed, carved and hand-pulled by Polly Perkins, here in Polly's Studio in St Pete. Signed, titled and numbered in pencil below the image.

A similar print is available unframed. Please contact me about pricing.

Pick up at a mutually convenient location and time. Let me know your Tampa Bay area neighborhood when you purchase. If you need to have it shipped, please contact me for a price.

Locally Designed/Handcrafted?: Yes
Your County: Pinellas County