Manholes set in pavement. Courtesy of Public Art Fund.
Watch where you’re walking or anyone could miss stepping on a sculpture. Sculptor Lawrence Weiner engraved 19 different manholes around New York City. Companies Roman Stone and Consolidated Edison Inc. supported Weiner’s project and helped make it possible. His manhole covers read,”In direct line with another and the next.”
Weiner draws attention to intersecting lines of the city’s grid pattern. Everyone: New Yorkers, visitors, powerful and disenfranchised people all walk down the same sidewalks and watch the same curbs when stepping into the street. A press release from the Public Art Fund explains that this commonality and Weiner’s work,”refers to the odd democracy of New York City.”