Fire Hydrant Art
FIRE HYDRANT A STORY OF PUBLIC ART
A FIRE HYDRANT IS MOVING THE NEEDLE ON INFORMING, EDUCATION AND ENGAGING CITIZENS IN HATTIESBURG
In October of 2017, Mayor Toby Barker enlisted the help of Betsy Mercier, assistant to the mayor, to paint City Hall’s fire hydrant in a way that could honor and remember those who have battled breast cancer. What began as a simple symbol of hope and honor, quickly morphed into a way to inform, educate and engage Hattiesburg’s residents through public art.
From breast cancer and autism awareness, honoring the live of prominent Hattiesburgers and celebrating school spirit to promoting festivals and events, the fire hydrant located at the intersection of Front Street and Forrest Street has grown in popularity. Each month (and sometimes twice a month), a different presentation of art is revealed through social media.
“Each month, we strive to do something new or different to celebrate or help raise awareness around an issue, cause or event,” said Mayor Barker. “The support and response we’ve received along the way has been fun and affirming, and we look forward to seeing what each month will bring.”