Stone crushers

Ted Lewis, Artist

This is one of the watercolours in our collection. It was made in New Zealand in 1978.
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About the Work
"Stone crushers really intrigues my vintage machinery interest or ‘old iron disease’. Ted Lewis has cast light on a relic of the past, aged with rust and years of neglect.
Before the introduction of reliable electricity, every workshop, factory, woolshed, sawmill or industrial business had various pulleys, sprockets and line shafts, such as this. They were connected by large belts harnessing the power of a waterwheel, steam or stationary engine.
As time passes, more and more of these old machines are either scrapped or repurposed. But as a restorer, it is great to see people preserving our industrial heritage. I wonder what ever happened to this old crusher?"
- Stanley Fraser, 'My Choice' exhibition series, October 2022
Image 370 x 470mm
watercolour on paper
Painting showing a pair of stone crushers surrounded by a shed with more machinery. A brick fence runs across the image behind the machinery. A shaft of sunlight beams on a diagonal past the stone crushers towards the step ladder. The ground is littered with rocks.
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Gift of Aly Hamilton, 2005
Collection Type
Permanent collection
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