These rambunctious neighborhood kids during a heat wave on a summer day were the inspiration for the fire hydrant extension. One of my favorite things about living in Brooklyn is the gathering around the fire hydrant to stay cool.
Supplies were investigated and gathered from hardware stores and summer clearance.
I decided to use a low-fi way of crafting to celebrate the ideas of play and fun this design embodies.
The extension has a magnetic attachment which holds to the cast iron of the fire hydrant. Most fire hydrant water isn’t potable so the magnets have a dual purpose of filtering the water. One can easily fill up a bottle to stay hydrated on those hot summer days.
Play can be diverted to the side walk, helping children stay safe from traffic.
Different nozzles on the hoses create different jets and streams of water.
Everyone enjoys cooling off!