We only found out about the Poké Lid project a few months ago, but we've fallen deeply in love with the Pokémon-themed manhole covers all the same.
These manhole covers are new takes on a traditional art in Japan: representing the beauty of the Japanese countryside in an otherwise very practical piece of round metal. The Poké Lids in particular were designed to boost tourism, and have been installed in cities and towns across the country — so if you want to see all 100+ lids, you'll have to go on a lid crawl.
The newest designs feature everyone's favourite fox-dog-thing, Vulpix, in both standard and Alolan form:
We're quite partial to the Ditto one, although we wouldn't say no to the Togekiss one, either. How much of a crime would it be to nick one and take it back with us in a suitcase, we wonder?
I wonder if/when someone tries to steal one of these things? I mean good luck with the weight, but someone will inevitably try I'd imagine.
In which ways are you advertising your product?
I liked seeing the manhole covers in Rome that said SPQR. It’s pretty cool to see a reminder of the city’s history all around.
Some of these (Alolan form on its own, in particular) would look amazing as stained glass. I'd hang one of those in my window. 10-15 centimeter diameter would be perfect size.
I'd love for TPC to do official stain glass ornament commissions for these. I'd certainly buy a couple!
If they sold the one with the little bergmites with the vulpix I’d buy them.
THEY'RE SO FLUFFY!
Alolan Vulpix is so adorable!
@Wadeimous while I was researching manhole covers for this piece, I found out that manhole cover theft is real and actually caused some deaths! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manhole_cover#Theft
@KateGray That's horribly sad. It says 240,000 stolen in 2004 alone I'm China! There's a lot of metal/money in them. They need a way to secure them down IMO.
@Wadeimous In Japan you don't steal things.... In Japan you turn yourself to the police before doing it
Ha, I'd like to see you try and pick one of these up and walk off with it. Go ahead. I wont stop you, because if you succeed, you'd prove yourself to be basically super human. These things are insanely heavy. You're not just casually picking one up and walking off with it.
Interesting to note that these are all in Hokkaido, whose ’Ambassadorial Pokemon’ are Vulpix and its Alolan counterpart. I’m personally glad to see a few more on the island, as it’s rather large, and things were previously a bit sparse out here on the east.
wonderful project.. locally our town lets artists paint all the traffic light controller boxes which shine up the streets nicely
Find one close to a hilly road, roll it down and have a van with a ramp waiting at the bottom. Success.
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