Wednesday, March 30, 2005

designer manholes: insert your own joke here



Originally uploaded by yamahi.

the latimes has declared the beginning of the designer manhole era for southern california, starting with hermosa beach. apparently, ornate manhole covers were a symbol of civic pride before WWII, but their design and construction were eventually outsourced.

clearly Japan has had no such problem. even their manhole covers reflect their strange preoccupation with the cute and cuddly. how can hermosa's "ocean waves, an old-time rancho cattle brand, a modern-day house and a baseball bat, tennis racket and lawn-bowling ball — all wrapped around a stylized Hermosa Beach monogram encircled by a sunburst" compete with that?

1 Comments:

At 8:48 PM, Blogger Caron said...

On a related note: my brother, who lives in Scottdale, AZ, and who serves on that city's Environmental Board, is currently leading an investigation into why the city's manholes are all made in India. There's got to be manhole manufacturer somewhere in America, right? ... But what do I know about manholes? (There's got to be a really bad/sick pun or joke in there somewhere, but I'm too tired to drum up that kind if wit tonight).

 

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