Carly Kotynski

Fire Plugs


An experiment in using everyday objects as art materials triggered my love for sponge and my fascination with its potential. In my investigations into its connection to water I discovered the history of the humble fire hydrant. During the 1600s firefighters would dig down to the wooden water mains and bore a hole to access its precious resource. It created a temporary well enabling water to then be transported via buckets to fight the fire. When extinguished, the holes were plugged with redwood stoppers which became known as fire plugs. 

The sink plugs have developed their own symbology in that they signify individual drops of water. In the Australian climate water shortage and drought is a constant concern and these sink plugs represent drops of water conserved.


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