This excellent YouTube video provides a perfect way to occupy a dry day in Vancouver~printing t-shirts on manhole covers. The “Raubdrukerin” group (that roughly translates to “Pirate Printer”) does this in Europe, going to cities and searching out surfaces to ink and create bags and t-shirts right in the street.
What are the picks for the best surfaces to print in Vancouver? There’s the manhole cover “Memory” by First Nations artists Susan Point and Kelly Cannell for starters. This design was the winner in a 2004 City of Vancouver design competition for storm sewer and manhole covers. The design depicts the life of a frog from egg to tadpole to frog, and is a very apt reference for sustainability and the importance of water.
The YouTube video shows the technique for printmaking from city infrastructure.



  1. An ancient idea adapted in a new way!
    I’d nominate Thomas Cannell’s basalt columns called ‘Vitality’ located at Burnaby’s Shadbolt Centre for the Arts on the beautiful south terrace setting overlooking a big outdoor amphitheatre and Deer Lake. Thomas is the son of Susan Point, and he has developed his own signature using modern abstract interpretations of Indigenous art and non-traditional materials.

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