We like manhole covers.
As everyday elements, they perform a simple task in the city infrastructure. Their making is informed by their function: reliefs in the castings help with slip resistance, their shape ensures they do not fall in during removal and replacement, and their weight discourages theft. We also find beauty in these utilitarian objects. Inherently durable and strong, they communicate craft, materiality, and pride in workmanship. They are often made by local foundries, and the signature of their molds is visible in their castings. Manholes accept the abuse of time gracefully.