An Incomplete Taxonomy

An Incomplete Taxonomy is a study that began in 2012 documenting London’s coal plates — the cast iron covers for the chutes that once fed fuel into the cellars of urban houses. One of the first to document these was Dr. Shepherd Taylor in 1863, whose drawings were published in Opercula in 1929. War and urban renewal have eliminated many of the specimens he recorded, and more are lost to redevelopment all the time.
Throughout the documentation and redrawing of hundreds and hundreds  of these unique iron covers multiple outcomes have been generated via screenprinting, pronto plates, wood engraving, molds and polymer plates. Two publications are in development — a limited edition book of blind embossed covers, and  a second book reproducing the complete collection of redrawn iron plates accompanied by each one’s geolocation.