Fire Hydrant Drinking Fountains

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Title: Fire Hydrant Drinking Fountain
Photo Credit: Sans façon
Lead Artist(s):

Contributing Artist(s):
Tristan Surtees
http://sansfacon.co.uk

Description:
<p>Fire Hydrant Drinking Fountains by Sans fa&ccedil;on blurs public art with public function, Throughout the summer months many thousands of people engaged with the works as they popped up around the city, providing safe and free drinking water for festivals and major public events in Calgary in a playful and unexpected way. The family of three fountains - &quot;Strangers&quot;, &quot;Family&quot; and &quot;Group&quot; - is an exploration of the role of public fountains as social spaces, creating three different forms of gathering. With their workings visible these unique fountains make the direct connection to the city&rsquo;s hidden infrastructure understandable, intriguing and invites us to celebrate something we often take for granted, drinking water. These fountains illustrate the initiatives being realized through the Calgary Public Art Program&#39;s Watershed+, an innovative approach to public art embedding artists and artistic practices within a City of Calgary Utilities &amp; Environment Protection department core activities.</p>
PROJECT LOCATION

Streetscape
Outside Water Centre Municipal building, 3 street locations for Canada Day, 1 street location for Folk Fest, 2 festival site locations for Stampede, 1 location on Steven Avenue, pedestrian street in downtown Calgary
Calgary, AB
Canada

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PROJECT TEAM

City of Calgary Utilities & Environment Protection Department (UEP)
Customer and Community Initiatives
Watershed+ for the City of Calgary's Public Art Program
City of Calgary Public Art Program
Joe Schebel

Maurice Mast

Yvano Seguin

Wayne Intveld

Darrel Skerry
Fleet Services Fabrication Shop
PROJECT DETAILS

Permanent
$40,000
Site integrated architectural work
Found/Recycled Objects, Metal
2013
2014