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‘Art on Fire’ hydrant winners announced

Published: Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 4:04 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 4:09 p.m. CDT
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Lorraine Ochsner’s “Santa” fire hydrant, located at Fifth and Campbell streets in Geneva, earned third place in the inaugural “Art on Fire” program.

GENEVA – Three Geneva residents were honored by the Geneva City Council on Dec. 2 for their artistic contributions to the city’s inaugural “Art on Fire” hydrant design program.

Individual artists “adopted” and painted fire hydrants this fall in order to display creative artwork throughout Geneva.

“‘The Art on Fire’ program has proven that the creative spirit is alive and well in Geneva,” Mayor Burns said in a news release. “This effort underscores the pride our citizens have in making what is already unique about our community even more so.”

The first-place winner was Cecilia Holinger for her “Courthouse Owls” design located at Third and Fulton streets.

Meghan McKenna’s “Color Storm” (State and Third streets) won second place; and Lorraine Ochsner’s “Santa” (Fifth and Campbell streets) earned third place.

 There were 41 painted hydrants, which were judged by the city’s Public Arts Advisory Committee and Cultural Arts Commission.

“To garner this type of a response for a first-time program is fantastic,” Cultural Arts Commission Chairman Tim Vetang said in the release. “I’ve seen people taking photos in front of the decorated hydrants, so they still are drawing a positive response from the community.”

There wasn’t a specific theme for the “Art on Fire” program, but artists were encouraged to incorporate a character of the hydrant’s surrounding environment into the design.

City staff reviewed and approved all application designs to ensure fire-hydrant visibility.

An interactive tour of all the decorated hydrants can be taken online by visiting

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