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Petit's Mobil Station, Cherry Hill, New Jersey

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Petit's Mobil Station, Cherry Hill, New Jersey

George A. Tice

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

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Medium & Support
gelatin silver print on paper

9 1/2 in x 7 1/2 in (24.13 cm x 19.05 cm);18 1/8 in x 22 1/8 in (46.04 cm x 56.2 cm);14 in x 17 in (35.56 cm x 43.18 cm)

Credit Line
Museum Purchase

Subject matter
This photograph depicts a Mobil gas station in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, at night. The glow of light coming from the station and the gas pump stand out starkly against the rest of the dark scene, with the enormous form of a water tower emerging eerily in the background—Tice indicated that the water tower reminded him of the position of Lincoln Cathedral in Frederick Evans' 1898 photograph "Lincoln Cathedral: From the Castle". To make this photograph, Tice exposed the film for nearly ten minutes, closing the lens cap every time a car drove by to block the light. The result is a surreal and unworldly image that presents a ubiquitous suburban scene in an entirely new light. 

Physical Description
Photograph of a gas station with a water tower in the background.

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artificial light
modern and contemporary art
service stations
water towers

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