Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Manhole Covers Coming to Their Birthplace in Massachusetts
Supporting the arts in such a fun way is definitely how I describe this. Manhole covers are jewelry for our streets, so to speak, and art under our feet if done correctly.
According to Mass.com, the city of Northampton, in the western part of Massachusetts, is using $20,000 for these custom manhole covers to pay tribute to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The town is the birthplace of these famous turtles, who even grace the side of a building downtown once owned by co-creator Peter Laird.
The idea and first drawings were born in Northampton, where the two creators, Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman, met. Kevin was born in Sanford, Maine, and grew up in the Portland area, while Peter was born and raised in the Northampton area. This arts project is in thanks to grant funding from our federal government's pandemic relief money rolling out to cities nationwide. Peter and Kevin started the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles discussion in Northampton in 1982 before moving to Dover, New Hampshire, where Kevin was living.