There is more than one way to look at a storm drain – in fact, this artwork suggests there may be many. While he is most famous for making sewer drains, manhole covers and other urban street objects into funny faces, 6emeia has made an entire cast of characters and objects out of these oft-overlooked (and frequently underfoot) but entirely essential city features.
In some cases, he moves from two dimensions to three by incorporating a solid object sticking out of the ground – such as this sidewalk post turned into a 3D cigarette alongside a coughing 2D face below.
Still, most of his works stick to the flat surfaces of the urban ground around our feet – colorful and cute characters that make the dull gray landscape a bit more interesting.
Still, while these are fascinating, his most engaging works tend to be the ones that incorporate more of the surrounding scene or make use of broken pieces of street or sidewalk infrastructure to capture the imagination in new ways.