Local residents in Teesdale are loving a protestor who was finally able to figure out a way to get two potholes fixed by the city. After a year of not being addresses and fixed, one person decided a better way to get their attention – to draw big penises around them.
And it worked!
The pictures appeared on a Facebook account called Teesside Connected, with a red penis shape and one black one seen surrounding two potholes.
The page later shared a photo from a resident called Brad Nicholson, who had written: “The power of the Willy. Repaired this morning 25-04-2019. Only been there a year, well done Middlesbrough Council.
And local residents loved the idea with some saying, “there’s gonna be a penis on every pothole from now on.”
Another resident said, “Where there’s a willy, there’s a way.”
A spokesman for Middlesbrough Council said: “Middlesbrough, like all local authority areas in the country, has issues with potholes and repairs are carried out on a priority basis determined by the risk they pose to highway users.
“Currently, however, we are carrying out pre-planned works in the Acklam area and staff were able to visit the nearby site on Fane Grove when the matter was reported to us and have patched over the hole.”
This isn’t the first time it’s happened. There’s a street artist that goes by Wanksy who’s made it his life mission to draw penises around potholes to get the attention of the city to get them fixed.
Wanksy explains that potholes are dangerous. Not only do they wreck vehicles, cause accidents they also injure cyclists and are a danger to pedestrians.
He goes on to explain, “I highlight dangerous potholes by turning them into temporary works of art, making them more visible and prompting the council to repair them.”
“The council are not too happy, but all my work is created using non-permanent, chalk based line marker, the same type the council use when doing repairs. The problem is that despite each and every vehicle owner in the land paying road tax, fuel tax and council tax, that money does not seem to be being spent on our roads, or at least not effectively.”
Either way, his art is fixing a serious problem. What are your thoughts on this? Let us know in the comments below.