09 April 2010


The theme for the week's Photo Hunt is vertical. What you see in these photos is not a defunct lamp post. It is a defunct sewer vent at the top of my street. It used to vent gas build ups in the sewer (and probably stunk) when the street was built in the early 1880s. Luckily it is disconnected from the sewer so the worst smell around folows a plate of beans or other such carminatives!

I'm out on Friday.I'll be visiting tomorrow

30 comments:

CherryPie said...

That is a fascinating structure. What a good job it is sealed off now!

James Higham said...

It is a defunct sewer vent at the top of my street.

Ah, this has been puzzling me for years.

Anonymous said...

I didn't realize these things existed. Thanks, interesting structure, er vertical structure.

jmb said...

I wonder they don't take it down in the paranoid safety conscious world we live in.

Happy weekend to you Jams.

Mirage said...

aww..haha why did they do that? Good thing it's not emitting anything :D

Colin Campbell said...

A thing of great function and beauty.

CRIZ LAI said...

Thank goodness you would no longer have that extra flavors in your meal. LOL! :P

http://crizcats.blogspot.com/

YTSL said...

Interesting! Both the explanation and also the sight of that old, disused structure amidst newer ones in the second photo!

keeyit said...

Interesting vertical for this week.

Anneke (Mudhooks) said...

Amazing! And like all good functional (even sewer-y things) things from the late Victorian era... Highly decorative!

ian said...

what an interesting tidbit about life in your part of the world! an artsy structure for such a stinky, but important, job =]

ipanema said...

i haven't seen a sewer vent done this way. well, it comes out as artistic. :)

Ana said...

had no idea these things existed, how interesting!

Sreisaat Adventures said...

Never heard of a sewer vent before and I have to agree with Ian. The vent could be mistaken for an artsy post. Good thing it's already sealed.

Have a great weekend, Jams :D

Mar said...

Never heard of such things. Perfectly vertical, though.

Happy weekend!

vertical

Liz said...

Wow! That is very unusual. Good thing it's disconnected now ...

Sandy said...

Now, that's interesting..great pics
Mine's up, too...
http://sandyben.blogspot.com/

Scott said...

Who would have ever guessed that??? We learn so much on the internet don't we? I like your “angle” on the vertical theme.

Carver said...

Wow, that's a new one on me. Great shot and perfect for the theme. Happy weekend.

Lisa said...

You made a tacky, icky thing look beautiful . . . and it fits the theme perfectly.

noel said...

aloha,

thanks for sharing your interpretation of the verticle them today, i like the photos of this reused piece into public sculpture..wonderful

Marta said...

How interesting - I would never have guessed what it was. It definitely fits the vertical theme.

catsynth said...

Definitely vertical. And an interesting piece of architecture. I think this would officially qualify as a "Thomasson"

http://www.ptank.com/blog/2010/02/sf-thomassons-performance-tour/

syncopated eyeball said...

I really like the second pic. Nice tones and lovely wierdness.

jams o donnell said...

Thanks everyone!

Steve Bates said...

"... the worst smell around folows a plate of beans or other such carminatives!"

Just remember, nowhere in the Conan Doyle Canon does Holmes actually say "alimentary, my dear Watson!"

Sue St Clair said...

We don't have anything like that here in Toronto. Good thing it is no longer in use. Ew! Happy photo hunting!

Sara Katt said...

That's very strange, but indeed vertical.
I'm late so I'll say "Happy Sunday".
Purrs,
Sara Cat

http://christina-smycken.blogspot.com/2010/04/photohunt-theme-208-vertical-fotojakt.html#links

Julie Shaw said...

great

jams o donnell said...

Thanks everyone!