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Artists turn everyday potholes into works of art

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    Cheryl Santa Maria
    Digital Reporter

    Thursday, May 1, 2014, 5:59 PM -

    For most, pot holes are an annoyance.

    The pesky street craters are common this time of year and they can come in all shapes and sizes.

    Street surfaces contract in the cold and expand in the heat. When groundwater seeps into the pavement and gets trapped it expands and contracts as well. That -- combined with the weight of the cars above -- causes cracking.

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    Given the cold winter much of North America has recently experienced, it's no surprise that potholes are popping up everywhere -- and that's providing a lot of fresh material for Montreal photographers Davide Luciano and Claudia Ficca.

    Together, they started the Potholes photo series.

    What began as a joke appears to be making waves online, racking up lots of media attention and more than 2,000 likes on Facebook.

    "This project started as a humorous way to expose the ridiculous pothole problem in our hometown of Montreal," Davide tells The Weather Network.

    "Along the way we realized that sometimes we can't change things that frustrate us (like potholes), but we have the power to change our perspective toward those things. This is what this project is really about."

    Davide says the project was thought up after he and Claudia drove over an enormous Montreal pothole about five years ago.

    After a bit of brainstorming, they filled their car with props and asked their friends and family to pose for them.

    The end result is whimsical, witty and pure genius.

    Visit MyPotholes for more great pictures.

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