Happy hydrants cropping up in Montague

Steve Sharratt comment@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on August 13, 2014

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.

©Guardian photo by Steve Sharratt.

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.