Misfit - the changeling

Marjolein Katsma

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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amsterdam, netherlands, waternet, look down, cover, lid, covered, misfit, trip, water, water mains, valve, straatpot, surface box, cast iron, crooked, oblique, gaps, paving slabs, concrete paving slabs, plants, weeds, ksk

This image is dedicated to Nathalie and Frenk of Waternet who did their best to find out who ‘KSK’ might have been…

Part of two of my permanent themes: Look down! and Covered (see below). Also part of a mini-series of ‘misfits’.

Something strange is going on here… At least it’s quite obvious that the original surface box somehow got severely damaged, leaving only slightly more than a quarter of what originally must have surrounded the lid. Looking at the lid though, it’s also quite obvious that this one at least could never have fitted the original surface box!

Of course, confronted with a damaged hole which houses a valve to shut off the water mains (as indicated by the just barely readable plastic shield ‘WATER’ and a logo of wavy lines), some lid must be fitted to cover it – even if it doesn’t fit! We’ll never know what happened to the original lid of course, but the present one’s rather crooked position might have something to do with the fact that it it doesn’t – well – fit! The surrounding gaps, inevitably, are host to a small community of weeds. At least, in its misery, the changeling lid is kept company by some (inevitable) discarded chewing gum, and a bit of reflecting red plastic, probably from a bicycle reflector.

And that’s not even all the mystery here: I’ve been searching for several days but have been utterly unable to find a definitive clue as to who manufacturer ‘KSK’ (of the current changeling lid) might have been. I even asked Waternet (who helped me out with interesting information before) but all they were able to tell me was that ‘KSK’ no longer exists, and could not find any further data on who or what ‘KSK’ might have been. But thanks for trying, Waternet!

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.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

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