Compassionate Manhole Covers


By Joe Hardtke | June 13, 2012

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If you take a stroll through the streets of downtown Appleton, be sure not to miss the unusual manhole covers on College Avenue. Designed by a Lawrence University artist and his students, and cast by Neenah Foundry, the manhole covers are an example of public art with a social purpose.

Joe Hardtke

Joe Hardtke is technical director and sound designer for “Wisconsin Life” radio segments.  He was raised on a dairy farm in Kewaunee County, spending most of his youth milking cows and bailing hay. If that isn’t Wisconsin enough, his first broadcast gig was at a polka radio station.
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