Manhole Reflection Raises Important Public Space Issues
If I remember correctly, I was walking down west 4th street on Monday the 3rd and ran across this manhole create by Lawrence Weiner for the public art fund in 2000. I vaguely remember hearing about this project and after eight years was happy to have stumbled upon it on the tree lined street it calls home. The gravity of the fact that I noticed this obscure piece while traveling through the busy streets of New York was not lost on me. I'm sure the reason this spot was chosen by Lawrence was the same reason I noticed its existence in the first place. Surely amidst the chaos of a more typical commercial thoroughfare populated by larger than life images and products, I would have passed by this moment unaware of its existence. It is for this reason that PublicAdCampaign fights for an environment without the overwhelming commercial messages presented by advertising. The streets of this city are meant for interaction and communication, often best received when you least expect it. In order to achieve these wonderful moments we must quiet the streets and allow ourselves the opportunity to look closely at the space we live in as opposed to the wants and wishes of the commercial giants.