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Friday, September 20, 2013

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Fire hydrants in Geneva, IL, are getting an artistic makeover, compliments of individuals who “adopted” the hydrants through a new city program.

Inspired by Mayor Kevin Burns, the "Art on Fire" program was launched by the city with help from its Cultural Arts Commission.

The goal of the program is to "embrace the artistic talents of local individuals while displaying creative artwork throughout the community."

Artwork that happens to replace the traditional monochrome red or yellow local hydrant.

Igniting the Inner Artist

"I'm thrilled with the response received by our citizen artists and look forward to enjoying their unique and creative imagination adorning the city's fire hydrants," Burns said in a press release.

"The program was designed to ignite the artist in all of us, and I could not be more proud of its success."

Art on Fire
City of Geneva, IL

Geneva's mayor launched the "Art on Fire" program to "ignite the artist in all of us." The city received 52 entries for fire hydrant designs, which are being painted throughout the month of September.

The city received 52 entries last month. The invitation was open to non-residents, too, but there were some rules:

  • Camouflage or other colors and designs that reduce the visibility of the fire hydrants were prohibited. Black paint could not cover more than 20% of the fire hydrant.
  • Objects could not be glued or attached to the hydrant.
  • Paint must be "high-quality, oil-based enamel paint for metal (lightfast paint preferred)."

Each design was reviewed and approved if it met the conditions. Entrants started painting Sept. 1 and are scheduled to conclude at noon Oct. 1.

While the program did not specify a theme, it did encourage artists to "incorporate the character of the hydrant's surrounding environment into their design."

Geneva Ace Hardware, the presenting sponsor of the program, donated half-pint paints in lemon drop, regal red, hunter green, harbor blue, gloss white, gloss black and medium gray to participating artists.

The city's Public Arts Advisory Committee will judge the completed hydrants and announce their first-, second- and third-place picks in October.

The city plans to post photos of all of the fire hydrant designs and a map of their locations later this fall on its website.


Tagged categories: Artists; Design; Paint application; Painting competitions

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