Lawn Gnome Hydrant - Ardmore, OK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member QuarrellaDeVil
N 34° 10.375 W 097° 07.828
14S E 672307 N 3782908
Quick Description: A newly-repainted hydrant has a side job as a lawn gnome, standing in front of the old Noble Brothers Hardware building at 128 W Main St, Ardmore, OK.
Location: Oklahoma, United States
Date Posted: 11/15/2019 7:13:09 PM
Waymark Code: WM11MW4
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member Bryan
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Long Description:
Not long ago, this was a standard red hydrant with an orange cap, and it had probably been this way since the 1990s. In 2019, Create Ardmore and the Ardmore Fire Department worked together on a beautification effort in which fire hydrants in the downtown Cultural Arts District -- a comparatively small number compared to the over 1600 hydrants that the Ardmore FD has to maintain throughout the area! -- would be given the glamour treatment. As the Ardmore FD requires that the hydrants have a specific color cap -- red, orange, green or blue -- to indicate how much water pressure each tank has behind it, they did the priming work, leaving local volunteers to use their imaginations and minimal guidelines in the effort.

The orange cap is retained in a creative way, with the top nut painted green as if it was a button on the top of the gnome's pointed cap, with a few flowers and leaves for detail. Most of the hydrant is the same dark green, with the side outlet cap nuts being a light cream color that is also used for the face. The gnome's long white hair, with black streaks, hangs down in the back, and he's wearing a brown belt with a buckle that incorporates the "A" from the name of the hydrant manufacturer, American Darling. There are stars in his black eyes, and his mustache is separated by the front outlet cap bolt. The breaker ring is flush with the bricks on the sidewalk, and it has floral detail, just what you might see at the base of the lawn gnome in your garden.

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