Oil Pumpers Project:
Oil Pumpers Project, Artist Statement
Having lived in Texas for a total of twenty-six years, I have always been proud of the history of this great state. A large portion of the state’s history can be attributed to the oil and gas industry; and beginning on January 10th, 1901 the Lucas No.1 well, at Spindletop near Beaumont, changed the history of Texas forever.
After oil was discovered, the creation and development of oil well equipment followed and of significant importance was the working pumpjack, an essential then and now to the oil industry. The purpose of the pumpjack to quote Wikipedia is “to mechanically lift liquid out of the well if there is not enough bottom hole pressure for the liquid to flow all the way to the surface. The arrangement is commonly used for onshore wells producing little oil. Pumpjacks are common in rich-oil areas. Pump size is determined by the depth and weight of the oil to remove.”
A great place to learn about the history of the oil and gas industry is the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum of Midland. The museum offers extensive indoor exhibits as well as an outdoor exhibit space for large oil-field machinery. The photographs included in this exhibit were taken at the Museum.
The display of the pumpers and equipment in the photographs are fairly straight forward; however, the bold colors, shapes and forms, angles and lines are what caught my eye as a photographer. I hope you enjoy the exhibit.
Holly Moore, February 2014