Photography series features potholes, reimagined

“Potholes is a series of photographs depicting the concave street cracks and holes as a collection of imaginative tableaux in the city,” write photographers Davide Luciano and Claudia Ficca.
“Potholes is a series of photographs depicting the concave street cracks and holes as a collection of imaginative tableaux in the city,” write photographers Davide Luciano and Claudia Ficca.
(Davide Luciano and Claudia Ficca/MyPotholes.com)

Sometimes it feels like this season’s scourge of potholes is ruining the world — or at least, ruining our tires.

Boston’s Department of Public Works has already filled 5,000 of the gaping chasms this winter, about four times more than their average. Newton had about seven times more complaints in January than the previous year.

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But a pair of artists are using potholes as a force for good, rather than evil.

Photographers Davide Luciano and Claudia Ficca took to the streets in New York City, Montreal, Los Angeles, and Toronto to create whimsical tableaus around large potholes.

“The sets explore the urban flaws as a playground creating a multitude of uses out of the potholes,” the pair wrote on their website, MyPotholes.com, which features 18 of the photographs.

“Directly engaging the street and the city, the highly imaginative series transforms the bad into good,” the artists’ comments continued, “creating a tongue-in-cheek collection that is at once contextual and surreal.”