Although not all manhole covers are as pretty as the ones in Japan, apparently they are still nifty graphics for shirts, hoodie and tote bag, especially for tourist. The artist collective behind Berlin-based Raubdruckerin (pirate printer) produces shirts and bags imprinted with public street fixtures such as manhole covers, vents, and utility grates. The overlooked geometric patterns and typographic forms of urban signage out of those utility covers are pretty retro and untie due to the “hand-made process”. To make a print, collective applies ink directly to the streets and prints on-site in locations like Amsterdam, Lisbon, and Paris and then sell their creations through an online shop. Hence, if you don’t mind where your t-shirt get printed, that might be an interesting collection you can have.
Japan is a country full of surprise. You can see many crazy/bizarre designs and beautiful art as well. Those art can be seen everywhere in Japan, not only within museums and galleries, but some place as humble as underneath our feet. One typical example is Japan’s peculiar obsession with manhole covers. You can find stylized manhole covers almost anywhere in this country. Trees, landscapes, floral designs, birds and all city-related symbol are the popular patterns on manhole cover.
A manhole is the top opening to an underground utility vault used to house an access point for making connections or performing maintenance on underground and buried public utility. It is protected by a manhole cover, a (usually metal) plug designed to prevent accidental or unauthorized access to the manhole.
Today I am going to present you some photos about how the manhole cover look like in Japan. For Japan, I always have a special feeling. They are going really crazy in some case, em maybe crazily creative. So let’s check how much detail they put on manhole cover to make it so special that I have to make a poster for it.