Market Hydrant

There are several very large wall murals painted on the sides of some of downtown Kissimmee’s buildings. Completed in the year 2000, these are the work of local artist Tom Copella. I enjoy looking at these murals and breaking them down into small pieces. Particularly interesting to me is the way that Mr. Copella incorporated three-dimensional objects into his paintings, as seen here in the two vent pipes and the forward valves on the fire hydrant. I also like that the murals aren’t exactly static: in this example, nature and time have added water stains beneath the vent pipe that’s left of the hydrant plus debris and a healthy weed at the hydrant’s base. I’ve contributed some photographic post-processing and isolated just a relatively small piece of the total mural, this particular one being at least 25-feet in length.

"Market Hydrant" [Click on image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 200, f/11 at 1/200 sec., 85 mm

“Market Hydrant” [Click on image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 200, f/11 at 1/200 sec., 85 mm


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  1. I’m impressed with your artistic view and post-camera enhancement of a timeworn segment of a piece of work and its environment. A talent you must have inherited and polished from your mom.

    Good job!


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