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Submission #1136

STORM SEWER MANHOLE COVER DESIGN
Peter Czink and Lorraine Weideman

The background of this design is a circular, deconstructed flag of British Columbia, featuring our life-giving sun and water. Lorraine and I chose the giant Pacific octopus (enteroctopus dofleini) as the central theme, not only because it is indigenous to our coastal waters, but also because we feel that this amazing creature is visually exciting, and will attract attention to our sewer system and its importance.

SANITARY SEWER MANHOLE COVER DESIGN
Peter Czink and Lorraine Weideman

As an homage to Peter’s cultural heritage (his parents immigrated to Vancouver from Budapest in 1956), this design’s central theme is a traditional Hungarian folk motif – an endless loop of braid, representing healthy flora. The endless nature of these hand-crafted braid-loops remind us of our system of sewer pipes, industriously maintained by human hands for the betterment of the world in which we live. Around the perimeter is part of a quotation from Albert Szent-Györgyi, the Nobel Prize-winning Hungarian physiologist and discoverer of Vitamin C. (The full quote is: “Water is life’s matter and matrix, mother and medium. There is no life without water.”)