GENEVA – The city of Geneva, in collaboration with the Cultural Arts Commission, is seeking artists to adopt and paint its fire hydrants as part of its Art on Fire, according to a news release.
More than 90 hydrants have been painted the past five years as part of Art on Fire and the program has been well-received by residents and visitors who take notice of the artwork in the downtown and surrounding areas, the release stated.
Mayor Kevin Burns established Art on Fire in 2013 as a way to showcase Geneva’s artistic talent and bring art into the community.
The program is free and open to the public, but participants need to submit an application to the city by May 10.
The application can be found on the City’s website at www.geneva.il.us or picked up at Geneva City Hall, 22 S. First St.
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.
The city’s Public Arts Advisory Committee and Cultural Arts Commission will judge the hydrants and award prizes to the top three design winners this summer.
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.