Spotlight on the Object: Manhole Covers in the Gallery

Interview with Aason Oussoren
by Lorraine Johnson

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LASS ARTIST AARON OUSSOREN graduated from the Craft & Design program at Sheridan College in 2008. From 2008 to 2012, he was a full-time artist-in-residence at the Harbourfront Centre Glass Studio in Toronto. His work often explores elements of urban infrastructure.

Aaron Oussoren spoke with Ornamentum Associate Editor Lorraine Johnson by phone

Ironclad Art: Vancouver’s Manhole Covers

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Article by Matthew Kleywegt

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LL INTENTIONALLY FORMED OBJECTS in a city are designed. They exist because they serve a desired function. However, beauty is a function not everything gets to perform. In most cities, manhole covers fall into this category.

This past summer, for the second time since 2004, Vancouver held its Ironclad Art Competition. This competition, open …

Editorial: Utilities in the City

John Fleming
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OWEVER SIMPLE A STREET OBJECT in an urban setting may be in form and function, it carries through its material presence an innate aesthetic content, within the concrete manifestation of services provided in a public space. From a plain, apparently unadorned lamp standard (pure function perhaps) to an Art Nouveau subway entrance in an identifiable style (direct …