Thursday, April 04, 2013

The Lighthouse Series - Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

Do you remember the posts where I drew seashells onto monoprinted pages?
I wanted to draw something on the other side of the page and decided to draw lighthouses on the backside of each page.  When I was done, I bound the book using a simple binding technique.

I used orange colored hemp thread to hold it together.
And here is the first page of the book.
On the opposite side was the first lighthouse I drew. 
Lighthouses are assigned a distinctive paint pattern to make them noticeable by and recognizable. Each lighthouse has a specific light sequence so that it is noticeable and recognizable by night.  The Lighthouse Board assigns these unique markers.

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in North Carolina. I loved the black and white swirls, reminiscent of a old fashioned barber's pole.
And here is a photo of the lighthouse. The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse protects one of the most hazardous spots in the country. The combination of the Gulf Stream and the Virginia Drift have caused thousands of shipwrecks, causing the area to be dubbed "The Graveyard of the Atlantic".  The first rendition of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse was lit in 1803. It was shorter and made of sandstone. Through the years, the lighthouse was remade, improved upon and was the first lighthouse to use a Fresnel lens. It is the tallest lighthouse in the US, 210 feet tall.

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