About this piece:
Our family moved into company housing at the Universal Atlas Cement plant in Independence, Kansas, the summer of 1945. My mother raised five children in company housing and waged an endless battle with the dust. My father worked in the power house where the plant generated its own electricity. I have fond memories of growing up in this place. I remember the sounds of the plant – the ongoing hum of the various plant operations and the sound of the dinky trains as they brought limestone from the quarry or red clay from the pits near the Verdigris River. In the afternoon dynamite blasts set off in the quarry caused the windows in our house to rattle. The houses were moved into town in 1959. The plant fell silent when production ended in 2008. The plant was razed in 2011.
digital images, inkjet printed, hammermill 80# color copy digital paper
A book artist since the mid-90’s, RD Burton was born and raised in Kansas. He has exhibited his books nationwide and his work is in collections in the US and overseas. He received an MA in Studio Arts from Rutgers University. RD has completed a books art internship at Peters Valley Craft Center in Layton NJ, studied at the University for the Arts in Philadelphia, and taken workshops at the Center for the Book in New York. He has taught book arts workshops in many venues. He is represented by Vamp & Tramp located in Birmingham AL. RD lives and maintains his studio in Havre de Grace MD.