Manhole photos of avant-garde design like magic square

It is a site that collects photos of old French manhole, but unlike Japan's manhole it has become a very sophisticated design, creating an atmosphere like magic square or something.

Browsing is from the following.
French old MANHOLE COVERS - Introduction

You can see a lot of manholes slipping from the following pages.

Regard de chaussee francais / French old Manhole Covers


Waffle baking machine?

It seems to be unlikely to appear

Why this strange pattern ......

It is likely to spin

Is there any encryption?

It looks like a face.

It seems to be meaningful for this arrangement

Obscurely unhappy


I wonder what the hell would be if the future human beings did not know anything and looked at it.

It seems to be used for something ritual

There are lots of pictures of manholes on the following sites.

Manhole covers - a photoset on Flickr

in Design, Posted by darkhorse