The Japanese have come up with a wonderful and unique way of celebrating their local community pride….hand-painted manhole covers. There are more then 6,000 of them in Japan and there is even a Japan Society of Manhole Covers governing their design and placement. We found out about them by reading the art blog called Colossal.
There are all sorts of public art projects, usually sponsored by local governments and arts councils, to add beauty, culture, and pride to the community. They usually involve sculptures or mural art. We salute the Japanese for putting their own unique spin on the concept!