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Jeff Donlan

Nice find. One wonders which came first: Mondrian or the design on manhole covers? As a child in NYC, I was fascinated by these portals, along with sewer grates and the remarkable upwelling vents over the subways. Now and then, an ancient door into stone or concrete that looked as if it hadn't been opened since the Romans. Even then, the patina and design were from another age, pre-polymer.

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