Not every manhole is created equal. Most cities throughout the world make their cast iron covers with creative designs and patterns, even though most pedestrians and drivers will not enjoy the work that went into them. It’s an overlooked and frequently stepped-on art form. The art-collective group behind Raubdruckerin, meaning ‘pirate printers’ in German, has come up with an innovative way to showcase cities’ urban art. The team uses the patterns on the manholes for the graphic art that is applied on t-shirts, tote bags, hoodies, and posters. The imprints don’t only come from manholes; vents and utility grates are also used. And unlike vandalism where it involves modifying a space through painting and designing with graffiti when no one is looking, this art medium is developed in broad daylight where designs are copied for everyone to see and enjoy.
Guerrilla Printers Are Using Manhole Covers To Create The Most Amazing T-Shirts. April 1, 2023