Thursday, 3 November 2011

Sab's Top Ten Daring Paris Draincovers: No.1 ~ "Rattlebones Rides Again"

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Sab's Top Ten Daring Paris Draincovers
No.1: "Rattlebones Rides Again" ~ Introduction 
by Sab Will,  wannabe offbeat Paris street guru

There exists in my city a small group of individuals sharing  a singularly original and possibly unhealthy passion: Paris draincovers.

In fact we may not be as few as I'm imagining, and we can even start sub-categorising these low-down individuals into those who decorate the things and those who photograph the results.

Not that a Paris draincover, nor any other functional metal street plate (electricity, gas, phones, cable TV, metro air vents,  quarry entrances, prison escape tunnels, ghouls' and goblins' lairs...) needs to have been chromically enhanced in order for them to be interesting. You can often conjure up funny faces and pleasing abstract patterns from the most mundane of  materials.

Is my condition serious? C'est grave, docteur? Perhaps, but for those of you who are also enchanted by such frivolity, welcome to my Top Ten Daring Paris Draincovers, including some of my favourite smile-inducing street finds from all over the city. Will the Paris streets ever stop serving up surprises from the depths, I wonder? I certainly hope not!

Sab's Top Ten Daring Paris Draincovers
No.1 ~ "Rattlebones Rides Again"

I was so sad when the first version I saw of this, near the Saint-Germain-des-Prés church, got washed or cleaned away.

So imagine my delight when I discovered an even better one on a walk around the 14th the other week!

The original version is white I think, I can't remember how much I messed around with the colours - but the inventive genius of turning this particular type of drain cover into a skeleton's rib cage is just priceless.

I'm hoping to find more of Mr. Rattlebones, and I'm told there are more, but I haven't come across them yet.

Not only that, but there is a slight trend to paint drain covers gaily or incorporate them into some larger work, so I'm pretty excited and keeping my eyes as much down as up as I wander the streets these days.

I've got some beauties coming up mind you, so keep your eyes on my pages to see what the creative street souls serve up next for our treading pleasure.

As ever, if you know of a particularly good perversion of a standard street grating or grill then do let me know - the coffee and croissant offer still stands!

Discover all my daring Paris draincovers... 


* Sab Will runs Photo and Curios Tours in Paris, and also manages a variety of Paris and photography-themed sites and blogs. He writes an illustrated Paris Chronicle every day, runs a Meetup group for Paris lovers, interviews Paris personalities and reviews Paris books (on this blog), and even contributes to the city's street art (shh), so feel free to browse some of the links below and in the right-hand column to find out more about what he gets up to out there...

© 2011 Sab Will / Paris Set Me Free - Suggestions, questions, requests and offers always welcome!

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