Tags for this photograph:
amsterdam, netherlands, look down, cover, lid, covered, misfit, trip, monitoring well, observation well, peilbuis, cast iron, surface box, straatpot, gully top, weegels, weert, struyk verwo aqua
While of course one of the roles of a cover on a hole is to prevent us from tripping in (over) that hole, here the yellow lid on the monitoring well has been replaced so sloppily, that one edge sticks up making it an ideal obstacle to trip over… Its lid is made of yellow-painted cast iron, and one of the blue labels reads (upside-down for the viewer) ‘peilbuis’ which means monitoring well (also named observation well); the other blue label either has no text at all or it’s completely worn off. It’s sitting in (or rather, supposed to sit in) a surface box (Dutch; ‘straatpot’) made of synthetic material. We have quite a lot of these in our cities, used to monitor the water table and also the quality of the ground water, to check no pollutants are seeping in.
The gully top in the foreground, on the other hand, sits neatly flush in the pavement. Worn by many passing feet, we can only just read the manufacturer’s name in the edge: the well-known Weegels Beton BV in Weert, now integrated into Struyk Verwo Aqua.
It’s also quite notable here that people seem to make an effort to discard their chewing gum in the general direction of the drain. ;) Good intentions, bad aim.
Covered is about the covers that give (or deny) access to the world below our pavings, especially in our cities, and how they are placed in, or clash with, the pavement. At the very least these covers prevent us from tripping or falling into holes. (Except in this case…)
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1
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