Street art at its best. Beautiful, imaginative and useful. Manhōru (derived from the Englsh word manhole) covers have become coveted objects for photographers in Japan.
"Credit for the proliferation of patterns goes to a man named Yasutake Kameda, who was then a ranking bureaucrat in the construction ministry. At the time, only about 60 percent of Japanese households were hooked up to municipal sewer systems. To raise acceptance of these costly public works, mostly underground and largely underappreciated, Kameda thought the one part that is visible — the manhole covers on the surface — ought to be more attractive. In particular, he encouraged cities, towns and villages around Japan to develop designs with local appeal." (read more under www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2...)
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