Manhole cover art

Usually sanitation infrastructure and public art don’t mix. But, if you were in Japan, you probably saw some beautiful creative and stylized manhole covers.

It is so, due to idea from construction ministry of allowing municipalities to design their own manhole covers. According to the Japan Society of Manhole Covers today there are almost 6000 artistic manhole covers throughout Japan. Photographer S. Morita has documented hundreds of these covers over the past several years.

Manhole cover art
Image Credit: S. Morita
Manhole cover art
Image Credit: S. Morita
Manhole cover art
Image Credit: S. Morita
Manhole cover art
Image Credit: S. Morita
Manhole cover art
Image Credit: S. Morita
Manhole cover art
Image Credit: S. Morita
Manhole cover art
Image Credit: S. Morita
Manhole cover art
Image Credit: S. Morita
Manhole cover art
Image Credit: S. Morita
Manhole cover art
Image Credit: S. Morita

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