manhole cover, interrupted

One of my favorite finds as I go about letterhunting has been accidental changes to forms and how that affects the structure and/or the letters. When I was in Tequisquiapan, Mexico I came across a manhole cover that I have never seen before. Instead of it having a tricked out illustration or interesting type treatment, I noticed that it was part of the road. Literally. It seems as though this manhole cover was cut out of the road, the stones and all:
I love how the sun is even getting in on the action!
In Albuquerque, I spotted this cover that came after the road but before the road stripe: 2_abq
Lastly, spotted in Tampa, street markings made by the city:3_tampa
When typography is released into the world, outside of a computer’s controlled environment, the letters take on a life of their own. It is beautiful to see how they morph into shapes that are unique unto themselves.


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