Manhole covers, drains, hydrants and boundary boxes are part of the street furniture we see every day. I celebrate their designs in my prints inspired by these overlooked parts of our environment. I am intrigued by their geometric designs, their presence as historical markers of urbanisation and as access points to the networks and infrastructure that underpin our lives.
My prints originate from photographs taken on travels in the UK and abroad. They capture these rugged metallic objects recording their surface texture, text and markings. Colour overlays, circles and stripes create abstract images out of the known and familiar to make the mundane attractive.
Manhole covers are signifiers of the values, industry and organisation that make our towns and cities work all over the world. We have a global shared experience of them everywhere in urban centres. We walk on them every day but they are somehow still discreet, hidden in plain sight on our streets.