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Appreciating the Mt. Pleasant Fire Box Sculptures

by Prince Of Petworth May 19, 2013 at 10:05 pm 8 Comments

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I sometimes take for granted how incredible these fire box conversions are. I haven’t seen this one in years. It’s especially awesome how they incorporate both sides into the sculpture. It’s also pretty brilliant how they highlight different periods of history.

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Description, artist and dedication after the jump.

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  • christina

    so THAT’S what these are! i had always wondered. what were their original purpose?

    • KenyonDweller

      I believe they contained telephones with a connection to the fire department so people could report fires.

      • christina

        thanks! and now they are trashcans.

        • Mike

          Trashcans?!? Are you finding trash in these firebox sculptures?

          …or is this your comment on the artwork?

      • Anonymous

        to -a- fire department. before it was public, we had multiple private fire departments.

      • Anonymous

        Not just anybody could pick up the phone and call the fire department. This was back when most cops were on foot patrol. If they saw a fire, they’d unlock the box with a key and send a signal to the nearest firehouse, indicating the location.

    • PoP Grandpa

      Sigh, am I the only one on this site that remembers the pre-911 era?

      BTW

      “You are posting comments too quickly. Slow down.

      You can go back and try again.”

  • Danielle

    The artist used to live in the neighborhood and worked on this project with grant funding from Historic Mount Pleasant and others. Here’s more info about the project and a map of the fire box locations: http://www.historicmountpleasant.org/page/page/4668050.htm

    The artist’s website: http://www.michaelrossart.com/

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