do backflow preventers dream of electric sheep?

E street backflow preventer

Last Friday after work, I took advantage of the still-daylight-hours of eary October to draw downtown, another larger drawing. I have drawn this scene before a couple of times, but it’s an interesting building on E Street with an even more interesting metal-pipe-thing in front of it. I sat outside the Natsoulas Gallery, and it was a gorgeous evening, with many people out and about. Occasionally people would come up to me and say, “ooh, that’s nice”, which is always nice. One guy loved that I was drawing the pipes. I told him I’ve drawn lots of them. They’re like art sculptures all over the town, he said, and I agree. I’ve always though they kind of look like robotic animals, this perhaps being some sort of camel. “Backflow Preventers,” I told him they are called, as I was told a while back by someone who works with them. Very technical beasts they are too. What do they do, he asked. Prevent backflows, I suppose, whatever that means. I don’t really know. I prefer to be ignorant of what they actually do, it’s like magic, it just has its function in the world. But I do love how they look.

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5 thoughts on “do backflow preventers dream of electric sheep?

  1. Seana says:

    Aww, I was going to tell you what backflow preventers do, but since you said you don’t want to know, I’ll keep it to myself….:) Lovely sketch, as always. I often make an “oooooooooooh” sound when looking at your sketches. You can pretend I’m a ghostie that haunts your blog.

  2. leah says:

    Pete, you are amazing! How do you find the time to sketch all this with all the stuff you do during the day at school? I am looking forward to the upcoming sketch crawl tomorrow. I might be a little late so I hope I can find you guys. Oh, and I got the reference! It’s Phillip K. Dick, I remember reading that book when I was obsessed with the movie Blade Runner :)

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