Operculist – derived from “Operculum” meaning fish gill cover.
The Dance Of The Operculist – a celebration of the drainage network and it’s manhole covers. I imagined how the enthusiasm of an operculist could be brought to life, with the underground network of pipes linking the manhole covers being lit up at night. Maybe leading up the walls, highlighting the drain pipes and guttering. Could this become a performance?
These features found in any town or city are an interesting record of history as many of the manufactures have since shut down, their names left imprinted on the metal covers which were also used by them as a source of advertising. Children even use them as part of their games, as “bases” or for jumping games. In Japan, you can find manhole covers are used as an artists canvas with many pressed and painted with colourful scenes and images.