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“City of Orlando”
Won Honorable Mention at Four Points
Contemporary Biannual Juried Competition
“City of Orlando”
COVERS INTO ART”
Bobbi Mastrangelo & “Freedom Grate"
Bobbi Mastrangelo’s art is
featured in an article
by TheMunicipal.com of
Large New Work
“The City Beautiful"
“The City Beautiful” is Orlando’s Logo.
The actual manhole covers on Orlando’s streets and sidewalks are plain, uncolored iron.
Grate American Art
Profile of Florida Artist
“Believe it or not, Bobbi’s “Grate Works” strike a chord. It’s fun loving art that brings a smile to your face and a sense of awe to your mind as you wonder how anyone could think of doing something so absurd, so downright hilarious as manhole art.”
~ Danielle Hayduck “Looking at the Grater Picture”
Bobbi started out as an elementary school teacher. Even when she fit college art classes into her schedule, she rendered “Classic Works” of Art. Studies of Picasso and modern art inspired Bobbi to experiment with line, form and texture which evolved into “Mod Works."
It was Master Printer Dan Welden who advised Bobbi to either select a theme or a style for her artistic identity. Lawrence Alloway, author of American Pop Art, noted a penchant for circles in Mastrangelo’s art. A page of manhole cover photos caught her attention. That was her Eureka Moment! In 1979 Bobbi chose the manhole cover theme and the rest is “Grate History!”
Now Mastrangelo is internationally known for her “Grate Works:” transformations of manhole covers, sewers and grates into wall relief street-scapes and embossments on hand made papers. The message of her manhole art is to conserve and protect our precious resources.
Bobbi has had the most fun with her art happenings: from having students doing writings, rubbings or painting manhole covers to staging scenes with her sculptures. The mud-bound grate and base at Bobbi’s feet in the photo above were actually cropped into the scene for her 2009 National Post Card Week issue “Don’t Go Soft On Terrorism.”