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Manhole Cover Art Installation

Public Vote Selections

(Left-to-Right) – “Horizon” by Laurie Borggreve (Edina, MN) | “Kayak” by Taylor Mentzer (Ann Arbor, MI) | “Tower and Tree” Shaun Whitehouse (Ann Arbor, MI)


About the Project:

In collaboration with the City of Ann Arbor, the Ann Arbor Art Center lead an initiative to refresh the city’s manhole cover designs with artwork to celebrate the history and culture of our community. 

An international open call brought in over 240 submissions that were juried by an Advisory Committee comprised of local arts educators, professional artists, along with business and community leaders. Following their review, six semi-finalists were presented to the public for an online vote to determine the three winning designs. 

Each of the three designs will be produced for two year periods on new cast iron covers installed throughout the City.

Photo Credit: MLive (July 2019) – Laurie Borggreve’s design, “Horizon” will be the first design to be cast and installed in Ann Arbor.

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