Japanese manhole cover small oil painting "Amemasu of Shikiriben"

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Japanese manhole cover small oil painting "Amemasu of Shikiriben"

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This series was inspired while in Japan where I observed a common mass-produced structure beneath my feet; the Japanese utility lid. The Japanese see the value of art in something as lowly as a utility cover. While other nations mass-produce banal iron circles by the thousands, the Japanese create objects of art. Public art is crucial to keeping urban life vibrant and interesting, but outdoor space is too often reserved for advertising or covered in graffiti of dubious artistic merit. Japan, however, has capitalized on an unusual canvas for a unique genre of public art; the lowly utility cover.

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AMEMASU OF SHIKIRIBEN
By Dennis Mccart
30cm (W) x 30cm (H)
oil on canvas framed in white wooden frame

2016 | Brisbane artist brings beauty of manhole covers to life, Sydney Morning Herald _ Link

2016 | Above and Below, The Japan Foundation, Chippendale, Sydney, NSW.

2015 | Beneath our Feet, The Hold Art Space, West End, Qld.