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Started by Rangnath, May 03, 2011, 11:20:05 PM

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Turns out the whole thing is a big sticker - including the parts with the metallic appearance. And yes, the actual size of a real man hole cover.  8)

Background: This is a campaign about not throwing trash into the sewer system (KMIA = Kein Müll ins Abwasser, There are several in Düsseldorf (NW, DE) with various themes. The red "A" is part of a, hmm, scavenger hunt: Find all man hole cover stickers, combine the letters, and win something ...



Send it to a grading company! ;-)


It's fun, original, creative and really well executed. I can't believe this was thought up by government officials :-X BTW, the QR code worked when I scanned it on my screen.

An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.


It reminds me of an advertising campaign here from a few years ago:

This was a campaign to stop people flushing items other than human waste down the toilet, which, as the fake manhole cover above notes, causes large blockages. To get the joke you need to know that the Swedish verb att skita i is usually used as an idiom to mean "don't worry about", "ignore", but here has the literal meaning of "defecate in". So you'd read it first as "Some things you should just ignore", but then when you get to "toilets, for example" you realise it does really mean "Some things you should only crap in".


Not a manhole cover but a man in a hole who holds the cover. ;D  This sculpture in downtown Neuss (NW, DE) honors the people who clean and maintain the system.


An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.


In an earlier post manhole cover from Chandigarh was shown:
Quote from: Saikat on September 26, 2021, 04:36:16 AMChandigarh manhole cover sold for Rs 10L in London
City's Heritage Items Protection Cell member demands probe from UK

A Corbusier-designed UT's manhole cover was auctioned by Sotheby's in London for Rs10.15 lakh on Tuesday night.

Recently I was at the law faculty of Leiden (NL) University where I saw a display case with items from the aerospace law department. In the case was the medal illustrated below. It was not possible to make a good photo of the medal but the description is clear. The medal depicts a Chandigarh manhole cover!


The Chandigar manhole cover story is my favourite "Only in India" story. I refuse to believe the €18 000 part of the story. If Le Corbusier made the design, that doesn't make an industrially made product an original work of art.

There are plenty of examples to underpin this contention. Here are two examples. The designs of René Lalique are works of art. The products made even today of his designs are for sale in Lalique shops and on the net. It was Lalique's intention that his designs would be produced industrially. If you want to own a Lalique perfume bottle there is no problem. They are not cheap, but not out of reach either. You decide for yourself if they are original art.

If you go to Amsterdam, visiting the Rembrandt museum, you will find that the souvenir shop sells prints of his engravings. The engravings are in the collection of the museum. IIRC, the prints sell for around €40, a far cry of €18 000.

Furthermore, it would be easy to produce more manhole covers with the Le Corbusier design, even if his design had not survived. The sympathetic medal, a miniature of the manhole cover, is a good illustration of this point.

Now, to top off the story, I have a appendix where the manhole cover mysteriously appears in an aerospace law faculty. Shrunk by Martians who are now sued by the city of Chandigar?

An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.


diverging a bit from manholes, but a contemporary of Le Corbusier, George Nakashima a famous designer, whose made chair worth Rs. 260000 or Approx $3500 was stolen from the National institute of design, some time back, which was returned fortunately

chair picture

chair returned article


Here's one that I have not seen before in California:

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Silent Knight - The Modern Manhole

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It took a while, but I got there. The K in knight is superfluous and the "secret" is in the hinges. They reduce the chance the thing will clatter when you step on it because just one of the corners of its frame is out of whack. Before, you'd have to have snow to have a silent knight and I guess that's hard to come by in CA. ;)

An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.

Alex Island

Nice little token on my topic just:
All islands around the world & islands coin


British left wing MP Jeremy Corbyn collects photographs of manholes
All coins are equal but some are more equal than others