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Modern Casting Magazine (Sept. 2010) Artists: Bobbi Mastrangelo & Kim Christiansen

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

“SHAKEOUT: From Streets to Galleries,” page 56

“Cast manhole and utility covers have inspired artists like Bobbi Mastrangelo and Kim Christiansen to create works of art that have been on display in galleries around the country.”

Celebration of Water

This is the Fiber Arts creation that Shannon Wetzel chose for The Shakeout page of Modern Casting Magazine.  The various water covers were printed with deep embossment  on my hand made paper circles.  They were secured to metallic gauze which was stretched over the wooden frame of a canvas back painted black. Using this technique makes the little watercovers appear to “Float.”

Tampa Valve Cover with Dragonhead and Porpoise by Kim Christiansen

Kim Christiansen enhances his rubbings with colorful additions. You can view more of his works at

In the summer of 2000 while strolling the streets of Topsham England, Christiansen began to notice the different designs on manhole covers.  He decided to capture those designs the same way that people did tombstone rubbings or brass rubbings in churches.

Published monthly by the American Foundry Society, Modern Casting Magazine presents the North American metal casting industry with technical and management information for operational and business decision making.

We are proud to be included in this magazine along with other “hot” topics (like pouring molten metal). If you have photos of  foundry scenes or foundry topics to share, please let me know in a blog comment.

Manhole Contributions Set II

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Prague Cover by Diane & Wayne Schoeffel

Santa Fe NM from Mike Aronstein

Delray FL Sewer by Stella White

The myriad of cover designs always amaze me.  And now friends and web viewers from around the world are contributing to my reference. Diane and Wayne Schoeffle, Solivita Friends, took a photo of a cover in Prague from the Czech Republic.  

Mike Aronstein, a post card pen pal for National Post Card Week sent me the Santa Fe Sewer cover image.  Stella White is a colleague in The National Association of Women Artists. The Sewer Cover she sent has a nautical theme, very appropriate for Florida in the USA.  

 La Bocca della Verita 

La Bocca della Verita was contributed by Leon J. Mills of Australia. Here are the details: Rome, Italy (La Bocca della Verita 
(“the mouth of truth”) – circa 1st century – a marble drain cover, 
probably portraying the pagan god Oceanus. It was placed in the portico of a church (S. Maria in Cosmedin) in the 17th century (possibly the oldest surviving manhole cover in the world?))  Mr. Mills explains his passion for manhole covers in a comment on the Set One Covers.
Here is a Collection of Manhole Cover Photos by Leon J. Mills:

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