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Everyday Castings Receive Artful Treatment


Te manhole covers are among the most ubiquitous metal castings. Tey are often the go-to example to show those unfamiliar with castings how the industry is an essential


part of everyday life. Now, thanks to a new book from Pentagram, an independent design consultancy firm, the often overlooked castings are the center of attention.


For “Overlooked,” Marina Willer and her team scoured London’s streets to find the most ornate and unique manhole covers—or “coal holes,” as they’re called in Britain.


Artists made rubbings of 22 designs that were scanned and digitally enhanced with neon colors. Te result is a visually striking display of intricacies in urban life that often go, as the book’s title suggests, overlooked.


56 | MODERN CASTING April 2016


SHAKEOUT Photos courtesy Pentagram.


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