Art can be found in a variety of settings, including on the walls of one’s house, museums, and galleries. We rarely look down when we travel through New York City and other cities across the world, marveling at buildings, parks, and street life. But there’s also an art to be found beneath your feet! Look at the manhole covers. Manhole covers come in a variety of styles and can be used for a variety of purposes. Manhole coverings could be a lost art form.
For those who comprehend or are passionate about contemporary art, it is impossible not to notice the increasingly widespread phenomenon of street art, which not only adds a splash of color and energy to urban development but also rehabilitates high-density areas and neighborhoods that would have fallen into complete decrepitude if not for the talent of street artists.
Tom Bob, a skilled and creative New Yorker, is also creating a reputation for himself with his street art which revitalizes some areas of the Big Apple. With Tom Bob, everything becomes more vibrant and “alive” from streetlights to manholes.
#1 It was once concrete, but today it resembles the cover of a new Beatles record.
#2 These anonymous gas meters have been transformed into spectacular and colorful lobsters, adding to the neighborhood’s vibrancy.
#3 You never expected this anonymous wall to transform into a pleasant gentleman brushing his teeth…
#4 What was formerly a red wall with a little window has now been transformed into a lovely bird’s cage!
#5 A pipe that transforms into the trunk of a friendly elephant, just like the ones we see every day.
#6 And how about this snake, which gracefully and colorfully weaves its way through the urban fabric?
#7 We can find the time and especially the space to unveil heart mysteries even in the grayness of the urban fabric…
#8 Trash cans stacked on top of each other can be turned into pool-playing tools…
#9 Even in daily simplicity, the play of reflections and chiaroscuro of the sun and the asphalt has a sense of poetry…
#10 Lookout for this “open” manhole cover: a dangerous alligator appears!
#11 And, speaking of the reddish lobsters from earlier, we locate our beloved Popeye right next to this invention!
#12 In a nod to the popular computer game Pac-Man, a manhole may also be altered with a little thought.
#13 A loving kiss between two color whales takes place on the roofs of these suburban buildings.
#14 Can you see a rather…. horrified human face now?
#15 A humorous Octopus may be found among the other colorful animals that can be found in the urban fabric thanks to Tom Bob’s work…
#16 Another anonymous manhole cover, another hilarious story to tell: Tom Bob brought a gigantic Oreo to life!
#17 It appears to be the effect of the chiaroscuro of the sun’s rays on the asphalt, but it is actually the outcome of Tom’s (poetic) effort.
#18 Another anonymous pipe turns into a lovely and colorful snake that does not frighten but rather invites passers-by.
#19 For Tom Bob, there is no trash can ever really be a trash can.
#20 No manhole cover will ever be a manhole cover for Tom Bob, definitely.
Thanks to Tom Bob’s extraordinary works, New York City has become a little more colorful and imaginative!