Thursday, April 27, 2006

Manhole Cover Art





Looking every bit as if Jung had created hundreds of Mandalas and flung them onto the streets of Japan, manholes create their own sort of strange art. This site of Japanese manholes is fabulous! Perhaps art is in the eyes of the beholder, after all.
And if you thought manhole hunting was an isolated hobby, here's yet another interesting manhole site

The below image came from a site that was online at 6 a.m. this morning but WHOOSH they were gone. Pat and I have decided that they either got trapped in a sewer somewhere and couldn't pay their bills or are off in China too busy meditating on a manhole cover there:-) Oh well....sigh.


Manhold cover from New Zealand
FRIDAY NOTE: THE SITE IS BACK. SEE IT HERE (They must've left their manhole cover and discovered they were missing:-)


Below is an example of a Mandala from this site.



A Mandala is a complex circular design, often used in healing, meditation and/or prayer. The word 'Mandala' comes from Sanskrit and means 'healing circle' or 'whole world'.

So.....start strolling down your street and get ready to meditate!

6 comments:

Pat Paulk said...

Manhole covers/urban mandalas...I guess I've meditated on worse!

Pat Paulk said...

Pris, I clicked on the manhole site and it's been suspended. Too much meditation, not enough paying the bills??

Pris said...

Well, whoopsie. It was there at 6 am. I suspect you're right. They're in the lotus position next to a manhole cover in Sweden right now, all thoughts of bills forgotten:-)

pepektheassassin said...

Good post!

Pris said...

Thanks, pepe
I thought these manholes were fascinating, but was beginning to think pat and i were the only ones who thought so:-)

Grate Lady said...

Dear Pris,
I agree with you about the amazing manhole covers in Japan. I hope to go Japan one day to see my Japanese Pan Pal and to document their artistic manhole covers.

You see my art theme is based on manhole covers and water covers.
Since 1979, I have executed manhole art in almost every medium.
I especially enjoy creating sculpture relief works and fiber art.
Check out my website for The "Grate Works" of art.
"Grate Wishes!"
Bobbi Mastrangelo
www.bobbimastrangelo.com