The city of Kennesaw held a ribbon cutting to unveil eight manhole covers created by KSU students.

Kennesaw State students create, design manhole covers for city

The city of Kennesaw has unveiled eight decorative manhole covers created and designed by students enrolled in the Kennesaw State University Master Craftsman Program.

The covers are located at City Hall Plaza, which is behind Kennesaw City Hall at 2529 J.O. Stephenson Avenue. 

Page Burch, KSU assistant professor of sculpture, said the students took a trip to Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark in Birmingham, Alabama, where their patterns were molded in resin-bonded sand and then cast in iron.

Eight manhole covers were designed and crafted by students of the Kennesaw State University Master Craftsman Program.

Next, the student-artists applied epoxy resin to the surfaces to create the art that appears on the manholes.

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Eight manhole covers were designed and crafted by students of the Kennesaw State University Master Craftsman Program.

This project is the second phase of a partnership between the city and KSU’s Master Craftsman Program. In November 2017, the students took on an initiative to decorate the benches at city hall and the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History.

Eight manhole covers were designed and crafted by students of the Kennesaw State University Master Craftsman Program.

KSU students who participated in the project were Daniel Barnard, Jonathan Copeland, Dylan Doyle, Jane Erwin, Tracy Okai, Anna Olson, Ana Ortega and Amber Williams.

Eight manhole covers were designed and crafted by students of the Kennesaw State University Master Craftsman Program.

More art work will be installed later in the spring at Kennesaw’s Gateway Park on Main and Sardis streets. 

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