My name is Mollie and I am the daughter of Dwight Pritchett, the artist and blog author of Art by Dwight. I have had the privilege to do some traveling and ended up collecting a few manhole stories of my own.
As a photographer I’m a natural observer, or is it, as an observer I’m a natural photographer, either way, when I go to a new place or city in the world I feel that in order to personally breath in the culture it has to offer I need to capture it with my lens. Another thing that is becoming second nature is checking out all the manholes that I walk by. Ever since my dad started lifting manholes he’s had us all looking down at the street searching for unique designs and interesting and historical names and dates.
Before leaving Florence Italy a couple weeks ago I thought I’d better do another manhole lift for my dad to complete back home in Pittsburgh. On my walk back from having tea and hot chocolate with my friends in the center I saw one that sparked my interest in Piazza Beccaria. I liked it because it actually had the city name written on it, Firenze, and the city’s symbol, the Florentine lily. Although it is smaller than my dad’s previous work I think it has great potential.
Here is my rough lift before my dad turns it into a great piece of art.
When traveling back home via Dublin Ireland, I had a day to walk around and enjoy the crisp wet air. I decided to snap a photo of the manholes I found interesting. Now I just need to send my dad to Ireland to lift them!