Applications Available for Geneva's "Art On Fire" Contest
May 02, 2019 01:10PM
By Hannah Ott
Artist Paige Jennings decorated this hydrant like an ice cream cone with sprinkles.
The City, in collaboration with the Cultural Arts Commission, is seeking artists to adopt and paint fire hydrants throughout Geneva. The program is free and open to the public, but participants need to submit an application to the City of Geneva by Friday, May 10. The application can be found on the City’s website at geneva.il.us or picked up at Geneva City Hall, 22 S. First St.
Established by Mayor Kevin Burns in 2013, the program is a way to showcase Geneva’s artistic talent and bring art into the community.
More than 90 hydrants have been painted the past six years as part of “Art on Fire.” Many residents and visitors have taken notice of the artwork in the downtown and surrounding areas.
“Art on Fire” does not mandate a specific theme, but the program encourages artists to incorporate the character of the hydrant’s surrounding environment into their design. City staff reviews and approves all application designs to make sure they do not compromise the visibility of the hydrants for firefighters in an emergency. Artists will be allowed to paint their hydrants during May and June.
People can take a virtual tour of all the decorated hydrants on an interactive map posted on the City’s website. The map will be updated this summer to include all the 2019 submissions.