Is this like painting the roses red?

Hydrants have been turning gold all over Capitol Hill. There’s even word that a few have popped up on Queen Anne. Some of them are beautiful, and some of them are quite obviously done in haste. A little birdie [lj] admitted it was a few friends on a guerrilla art rampage.

Some citizens are outraged, and some are wishing it had been taken a little further. What do you think: vandalism? creativity? funny or atrocious?

6 Comments so far

  1. John Eddy (unregistered) on December 18th, 2005 @ 11:01 pm

    Well, if hydrants here are like where I grew up, where the color of the hyrdant actually conveys information about water pressure (iirc,) then I would consider this atrocious, horrible and something I’d be willing to see someone locked up over.

    If the color of the hydrant *doesn’t* mean anything, I quite like it.

  2. duckie (unregistered) on December 18th, 2005 @ 11:08 pm

    I spotted a gold one on the Ave too.

  3. Robin Evans (unregistered) on December 19th, 2005 @ 9:58 am

    Aplogies to the wanna-be artists, but I prefer the city’s default green color for hydrants. Green makes sense for Seattle. Even on Capitol Hill, the tacky gold doesn’t — although I can understand why they thought it might.

  4. gene stein (unregistered) on December 19th, 2005 @ 10:53 am

    Looks silver to me! Anyway I love it. We need to liven this city up. How about some murals and great graffiti art?

  5. Colleen (unregistered) on December 19th, 2005 @ 11:42 am

    Camera phones aren’t really notorious for perfect shots. :P You’ll have to take my word that it’s gold.

    There is a lot of controversy about whether or not the city color-codes the hydrants according to water pressure available at each one. I’m not sure what the real answer is.

  6. gene stein (unregistered) on December 19th, 2005 @ 8:32 pm

    Sometimes a rose is a rose is a rose. In the canine world, a hydrant is a hydrant is a hydrant. It’s a dog’s world and for the canines among us a hydrant is what the French call a pissoir. Perhaps gold hydrants will stain less than green.

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