Oh,that one's a beaut. I wonder do they have the same problem we have here with people stealing them as "souvenirs".(The 3rd one in the pics being the collectible). It is cleverly reproduced onto everything imaginable from t-shirts to clocks if you're into that sort of thing.
I googled "stealing manhole covers" -- it seems that it's mostly for the scrap iron rather than for artistic appreciation. It seems to happen a lot in the States, but maybe that's because I googled in English. No idea how to say that in German.
Great picture, Bjd! It's funny about Casimira's pictures, since I used to live where she does. I've seen those metal covers a thousand times without really looking at them or thinking about them. (Except for the water meter one, which everyone loves.) But looking at them here, especially teamed with a foreign (to me) cover, raises all kinds of interesting questions. For instance, in what era were they designed? The Berlin cover has a hopeful, futuristic look -- the 30s? The first picture in the series looks as though more thought were given to making it non-skid. Every one of them has a professionally designed look, making you wonder how the artist was found, what was his/her "real" job, etc.
No, the Berlin one must be much more recent. The TV tower in the centre was built during the East German period. Rikita would know the exact time, but I think it was the late 1960s or early 1970s. And as I look more closely, it looks as though that is Norman Foster's dome on the Reichstag building, just to the left of the TV tower. So very much more recent.
Good eye there Imec! And nice to know my mind's eye not the only one" in the gutter "so to speak . Most of the time my head is in the clouds but,occasionally I do check things out on the ground . Great pics. Do love the wavy one a bunch. I remember I took a lot of these in NYC but can't find now!
I was intrigued looking at the Paris ones (many of which I did not photograph) by how many different designs there were. I suppose that this is to assist the various companies in finding "their" installations and not so much for just making pretty.
I prefer to think that it is a good sign when these things do not look like they've been opened for a long time -- it means that everything is working properly, right?
Most of the ones I photographed are in my immediate neighborhood,heavily populated,recent street overhaul. Am now curious about other less inhabited,perhaps still ravished areas. Will check out. As for our neighbors in Mexico,we have always joked about the "OSHA moments,"Occupational Safety and Health Administration,one experiences throughout that lovely country.I guess this is as good a time as any to introduce the concept. ;D
(The people in my neighborhood have begun asking questions,there goes that lady who points her camera up at the sky or down on the ground )