I see the smirks and hear the silent smiles when people discover that my art is based on sewers and manhole covers. Imagine my surprise when I learned that there was a site in Moscow specializing in the theme I pursued in sculptures and works on hand made paper. Sewers of the World, Unite!
What is even more amusing is that this web project began on Laughter Day: April 1, 2001.
“SEWERS OF THE WORLD UNITE”
(A Moscow Web Site)
Two enterprising artists, Alexander (Sasha) Kholopov and Natalie (Natasha) Lamanova from Moscow posed a mail art project just for fun. They invited artists from all over the world to send photos of manhole covers. So April’s Fools Day was the start of something “grate.” Artists from 40 countries enthusiastically responded to the E-mail request.
Kholopov’s unique set of manhole cover artist’s stamps had already attracted attention in Japan, a country known for many beautiful manhole covers. (See Archives) The variety of photos, creative projects and artistically rendered covers on “Sewers of the World, Unite” has expanded to participation by 233 people from 71 countries and includes 3052 images.
Michele Brody designer of NYC Manhole Covers, introduced me to the site. http://www.recoveringthecityscape.com/1_
You can find me in several places: http://sewers.artinfo.ru/archives/archive-en.htm # 4 Port Jefferson NY “Manhole Rubbing and Painting.”
Projects # 27 with works on paper
and my poem about manhole covers is on commentary # 3.
In August 2001, my husband, Al sang with Barbershop Harmony Choruses in St. Petersburg. The next week, we met Natasha and Sasha in Moscow and were invited to their apartment for dinner. We continue our international friendship via e-mail. Personally I have made other friendships and benefited from this amazing web site. Sewers of the World, Unite!
Alexander Kholopov, Bobbi Mastrangelo and Natalie Lamanova: Moscow, Aug. 2001