June 12, 2011
Art Students at Lawrence U. Design Warm and Fuzzy Manhole Covers
Photographs by Rachel E. Crowl, Lawrence U.
Pedestrians on College Avenue in Appleton, Wis., may have noticed recent changes underfoot: decorated manhole covers, emblazoned with such images as a hand holding a human liver, an elephant lifting a mouse, and a set of eight portraits of Nelson Mandela.
They're "compassionate manhole covers," a student undertaking dreamed up by Rob Neilson, an associate professor of art at Lawrence University who specializes in public art. The bas-relief covers are part of a citywide project that
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