London’s coolest manhole cover has been stolen! Ten years ago Thames Water, perhaps feeling flush at the time, commissioned Turner Prize-winning artist Antony Gormley to devise a series of covers in cast iron. Peckham resident Gormley installed a prototype footprint/ripple design at the junction of Maxted Road and Sandison Street, close to his old studio. This bit of genuine street art had remained relatively under the radar until recently, when its existence was revealed as part of the Artists’ Museum project, which asked five London creatives to select their favourite artefacts. Gormley’s work was nicked last week, and it’s not the only one thieves have targeted. There seems to be a worrying trend towards outdoor art theft, such as the Barbara Hepworth sculpture swiped from Dulwich Park. This one, though, really is money down the drain.
Find out more about Antony Gormley in Time Out’s review of his 2012 exhibition ‘Model’.