Artists Use Potholes to Create Fanciful Scenes

Artists Use Potholes to Create Fanciful Scenes

Do you live, bike or walk in a city plagued by potholes? I do. I live in a city absolutely filled with potholes. In fact, right outside my front door in plain sight, is a cluster of them- they hide beneath snow and wait for low riding sedans to bottom out. When I came across Mypotholes, a project by photographers Claudia Ficca and Davide Luciano I was ecstatic. This imaginative duo had a different perspective on how to deal with these annoying tar craters plaguing our cities.

According to the Facebook page the project started following a frustrating and costly collision with a bunker sized pothole. The pair decided to channel their irritation and transform it into an amusing expose,

"Potholes is a series of photographs depicting the concave street cracks and holes as a collection of imaginative tableaux in the city. Captured within the backdrops of New York City, Los Angeles, Toronto and Montreal, the sets explore the urban flaws as a playground creating a multitude of uses out of the potholes. Directly engaging the street and the city, the highly imaginative series transforms the bad into good, creating a tongue-in-cheek collection that is at once contextual and surreal."



Gardener - Côte du Vesinet.Montreal

Pedicare - Rue Queen.Montreal

Santa Claus - Tremaine Street.Los Angeles

Scuba Diver - Ave Beaconsfield.Montreal

Spaghetti & Meatballs - Greenwich Street.NYC

Walk of Fame - New Hampshire.Los Angeles

Doughnuts - Rue Belanger.Montreal

Baywatch - Almafi Dr.Los Angeles

Beer & BBQ - Rue Waverly.Montreal

Bubble Bath - Rue de St-Firmin.Montreal

Champagne - Tecumseth Street.Toronto

Diver - Ave Musset.Montreal

Fisherman - Henri -Julien.Montreal

Dog Wash - Alfred Street.Los Angeles

Laundry - Rue St-Urbain.Montreal

Alice in Wonderland - 30th Street.NYC


To see more of Claudia Ficca and Davide Luciano's work check out their websites and the Mypotholes Facebook:

Claudia Ficca / twitter: @claudiaficca

David Luciano / Twitter @davide_luciano

Mypotholes Facebook Page/ Mypotholes Website

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Peter House's picture

Haha this is a fun series. Very creative.

Brilliant!! Thanks for posting this Ms Ficca and Mr. Luciano. Hope there's more to come!

Any more images from the shoot with the 3 girls dressed up and drinking champagne?

Logan Sorenson's picture

The scuba guy ... they focused on the street sign behind him and the lighting was bad and completely different from the other images...

David Vaughn's picture

They aren't any worse than the conceptually boring, yet technically sound images that pop up here all. the. time. *coughcoughweddingphotographycoughcough*).

If anything, this is more inspiring than "Breathtaking photos of a generic beautiful woman on a generic beautiful beach shot by WhoIsThisGuyEven."

Must agree with this, David.

Great idea ... dreadful execution.

Exactly what I was thinking as I scrolled through.

OK guys, this one is obviously not about the technical execution but for the creative thought. Lighten up!

Jeff Ladrillono's picture

It's always about execution.

great Ideas.Bad photography

i like the cover picture
we have to give credits to the author that have recognized the best picture to put in the post cover. This demonstrate, at least, a certain visual sensitivity ;)

These are cute, but what warm-weather environments experience potholes?...

half of these you can't tell there is a pothole

Cool pictures!

The swimmer one is quite good! And it's sad to see that most of them where taken in my city... (MTL)