Pittsburgh Manhole Cover Art Prints by Dwight Pritchett

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Dwight Pritchett

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Dwight Pritchett


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Manhole Cover Art - Rubbings created directly from the streets of Pittsburgh PA.

My current project in Pittsburgh PA uses the process of frottage (art) to create a rubbing of a manhole with oil pastels on canvas. This new and interesting idea has turned into something visually rewarding and historically interesting. It’s not only inspiring for myself but also for anyone who chances to pass by as I create the rubbing. In fact, while I am on the street creating the work, I’m not only a visual artist but a street performer as well. The final piece is a colorful, graphically interesting manhole cover rubbing on canvas. The art forever preserves a tiny piece of history that otherwise goes unnoticed.

My initial inspiration came from riding my bike to Pittsburgh for work everyday. I would see manholes with interesting textures and original art that not many people stop to take notice of. These textures and graphics are what inspires my work. The Pittsburgh area has an endless supply of beautiful manholes due to the thriving steel mill industry starting in 1875 with Andrew Carnegie.

The original art is for sale upon request if available. Have a manhole that you would like custom made into a canvas rubbing by Dwight in Pittsburgh? Send a quick message describing the details of what you're looking for and Dwight will contact you as soon as possible.

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  • Dwight Pritchett

    Owner, Designer

    I’ve always had a passion for many different types of art. After working 30+ years as a digital photo illustrator in Pittsburgh PA I’m now exploring new creative ventures in the art world.

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