Happy hydrants cropping up in Montague

Steve Sharratt
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Even the hydrants are happy in Montague. Artist Chelsey Johston has been hired by the town to paint the community hydrants so watch out for a Mountie, or even Santa Claus, to pop up along the roadways.

MONTAGUE — Chelsey Johnston loves the town's new Art Walk project and would have loved to have contributed.

So when she mentioned it to the town’s events co-ordinator, Andrew Rowe, a new idea for more art endeavours sprang forth like gushing water.

Call it the happy hydrant project — the young Pooles Corner painter is out these days turning the standard old fire hydrant into works of art.

"It's a lot of fun and the reaction from people is great,'' said Johnston, who has completed two of the 23 hydrants she's commissioned to paint.

She's got the Dalmation dog done by Grant Thornton on the Queen's Road and a cartoon character from a kid's show is being completed by the consolidated school.

"I'm going to do a Mountie up by the roundabout and, who knows, maybe even Santa Claus will make a showing."

Rowe said the hydrant project is perfect to accompany all the art work that is currently featured throughout the downtown core of the municipality.

Earlier this summer, the Art Walk project was unveiled featuring giant cormorants and fish frollicking along the waterfront, as well as painted murals and wood turned designs adorning the walls of local business.

Organizations: Grant Thornton, Queen's

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Recent comments

  • Elinor MacAulay
    August 14, 2014 - 08:17

    Great job Chelsey! A great way to spruce up the town.

  • Ralph MacDonald
    August 14, 2014 - 07:36

    Chelsea: If you haven't already thought about it, wouldn't a Canadian BEAVER be a likely theme for one of your hydrants. Ralph MacDonald, Borden-Carleton

    August 13, 2014 - 18:39

    Wonderful idea and I commend and encourage them for this. I do need to point out however this idea originated in Stellarton NS about 30 years ago and they continue to paint and decorate their hydrants to this day.

  • R. MacAulay
    August 13, 2014 - 16:46

    A great INITIATIVE for Montaque. Colourful and impressive Art Walk Project. Montaque residents should be proud and a will send a message of a great accomplishment for 2014.