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Project Statement

by L. Levergneux

A photographic documentation that takes the viwer on a walking journey through the urban streets of various Canadian, Scottish and American cities. This work collects souvenirs of traveled cities around the world using manhole covers to depct exploration of geographical locations along my life journey.

City Shields

Louise Levergneux

title note: [L.Levergneux]


Louise Levergneux

type: initiating


citizenship: Canadian


birth: 1954-11-28

Publication Information

publisher: self-published

conception: 1999-09-09
production: 2000-00-00 - 2007-00-00
publication: 2006-12-10

publication history: Self-published in Ottowa, Ontaria , Canada ; conception in 1999, production from 2000, publication 2006 [L. Levergneux]

Aesthetic Profile


artists' books (LCSH)

themes: manhole covers, Ontario: Ottawa, Merrickville, Kemptville, Smiths Falls, Quebec: Hull, Ville de Quebec, Washington, DC, Ecosse, Maine: Camden, Wiscasset, Freeport, Arizona: Flagstaff, Tucson, Jerome, Williams, Camp Verde, Sedona, Scottsdale, Prescott, Albuquerque, New Mexico: Sante Fe, Corrales, Ohio: Tuscarawas County, New Philadelphia, Newcomerstown, Gnadenhutten, Urichsville, Franklin County, Columbus, Westerville, Summit County, Stow, Cuyahoga Falls, Hudson, Portage County, Kent, Ravenna, Stark County, Hartville, Canton, Louisville, Cuyahoga County, Cleveland [L. Levergneux]

content form:
documentary (local)

publication tradition:
collection (local)
desktop (local)
small press (local)

inspiration: In the fall of 1999 while looking down at a manhole cover on holiday in Scotland with my husband, I noticed how different the manhole covers were from the ones back home. I continued during my trup to look down at the entryways to the world beneath. I took many photos and built quite a collection. [L. Levergneux]

related works: "Windows of the Soul" , "Beside Me" [L. Levergneux]

reception history: 2007 Afterimage Vol.35 No.1, Tate Shaw, Unknown Trajectories, (July-August 2007) 2007 Art Librairies Society Montreal/Ottawa/Quebec, Vol.16 No.2 Spring 2007 Book Arts Newsletter No. 35, UWE Bristol School of Art and Design (June) 2007 news-sheet #186, ARLIS/UK & Ireland, the Art Libraries Society (March) 2002 Joel Haslam, Regional Contact, CTV television (5 Oct) 2002 Barbara Brunzell and Glen Gower, Out of the Blue, 103.3 FM CBC radio 2 (8 May) 2001 Bruce Deachman, “The artistry of manhole covers,” article for The Citizen (1 June) 2001 Denis Gratton, “Une façon originale de se regarder,” article for Le Droit (1May)