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Hydrants to help celebrate Indiana’s Bicentennial

Posted: Friday, April 15, 2016

The LaFontaine Arts Council and the Arts Initiative, Inc. invite area artists to be a part of Indiana’s Bicentennial by participating in this year’s outdoor art exhibit featuring the fire hydrants in and around the downtown Huntington area. The theme, “Hoosier Hydrants - Celebrating 200 Years of Indiana History,” provides artists with the opportunity to explore the faces, places and spaces of Hoosier history.

The hydrants must be painted in a way that is appropriate for public display. Designs that are religious, political or sexual in nature will not be allowed. Corporate logos and advertising are also not permitted. Artists will not be charged an entry fee. They will receive a stipend for paint and supplies upon the completion of the hydrant and the submission of receipts.

Anyone interested in painting a hydrant should contact LAC executive director Debbie Dyer by May 1. The actual painting can begin once artists have been assigned a specific hydrant, and the painting must be completed by May 30. The exhibit opens on May 30. Maps showing the locations of all the hydrants, the artists who painted them and the sponsors of the Hoosier Hydrants will be available at Rotary Centennial Park in downtown Huntington from 2 to 4 p.m. that day.

Dyer can be reached by calling (260) 358-0055, by emailing or by leaving a message on the LAC Facebook page.

Artists who previously participated in the fire hydrant public art project recently gathered to announce this year’s project, and are shown on the front row, from left, including Logan Levy, Kaylee Levy, Angela Ellsworth, Becky Livingston and Jami Eckert. Back row, from left are Betty Wallace, Eric Wallace and Elyse Schuler.