Wednesday, 16 July 2008

The Weathered Man

Have you ever seen a drain cover like this before?! Well, it is a big drain! This huge underground pipe is topped off with this large concrete cap and, to make it look less ugly, it has some art on the top. This is The Weathered Man by artist James Gould. The installation was commissioned by the Environment Agency. It has been in Sandford Park for as long as I can remember, although I can't find anything about it or the artist on the web. This part of the park is a large open space and backs onto Cheltenham General Hospital and the Lido open air swimming pool. In the photo you can just see the formal park on the other side of the road. This part of the park has fountains, flower beds and another piece of art. In last summers floods this area of Cheltenham was flooded quite badly. You would have thought this drain would have swallowed up all that water!

11 comments:

Kate said...

Good photo of a delightful way to upgrade a utilitarian object.

Knoxville Girl said...

That's cool to put artwork on a drain.
Where does that drain actually drain off to, anyway? The size of it is rather frightening.

Murphy_jay said...

Aikss..what happened to the sculpture? Is the rough texture done on purpose?

Flood is scary isn't it? It seems to me that whatever measures you take to counter it, sometimes you just can't fight nature.

brian said...

nice piece of art to cover a necessary object... i wonder why it wasn't working during the flood =)

Hilda said...

Nice idea to put a piece of art on such a utilitarian and necessary object.

You've just given me an idea for a project for our university's 150th anniversary. I hope our alumni artists will pick up the idea.

magiceye said...

lovely installation!

Lori said...

What a good place for a sculpture! I like that idea.

babooshka said...

Woah! That's huge. So glad someone had the foresight to cover the cover with a rather pretty sculpture. No, new to me. Another great spot.

Hyde DP said...

brilliant piece of artwork - I imagine in the floods it simply got overwhelmed.

lynn said...

Goodness Marley i was in this very vicinity just the day before yesterday. Why, we might have trodden the same path at the same time. I was wearing the carnation...


There's a date for your diary over at mine by the way.

Neva said...

I love sculptures...this one is very different.....The Environment Agency has good taste!

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