chat travieso: coolstop sprinkler prototype for fire hydrants
 
chat travieso: coolstop sprinkler prototype for fire hydrants chat travieso: coolstop sprinkler prototype for fire hydrants
sep 28, 2013

chat travieso: coolstop sprinkler prototype for fire hydrants

chat travieso: coolstop sprinkler prototype for fire hydrants
all images courtesy of chat travieso

 

 

 

resembling a large cartoon splash, ‘coolstop’ by american artist and designer chat travieso is a sprinkler prototype that easily connects to fire hydrants. these water sources are a vital way for many people living without air conditioning in new york city to stay cool. unfortunately, opening fire hydrants reduces local water pressure, wastes water, and can be dangerous. ‘coolstop’ provides a safe alternative, it only uses 15 gallons of water per minute opposed to an opened hydrant that can release up to 1,000 gallons per minute. the installation is constructed out of pvc pipes, and attached to each one are several micro-spray nozzles that release a controlled amount of water, creating a much needed source of respite from the heat. the project was commissioned by the nyc department of transportation urban art program for summer streets – an annual event that transforms seven miles of new york into pedestrian and bicycle zones only for three consecutive saturdays in august.

 

 


the sprinkler uses water sourced from the fire hydrant

 

 


coolstop only uses 15 gallons of water per minute opposed to an opened hydrant’s 1,000 gallons per minute

 

 


each PVC ‘stem’ had three spray nozzles attached to it that release a controlled amount of water

 

 


public interacting with the installation

 

 


enjoying the water mist

 

 


a fun alternative for children and toddlers to cool off outdoors during the summer months

 

 


the installation is attached to the fire hydrant for extra structural support

 

 


view of nylon line structural support

 

 


crowds running through the spray

 

 


detail of spray nozzles

 

 


playing in the water

 

 

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