Columbia, South Carolina: World's Largest Fire HydrantAt almost 40 feet tall and five tons, this tilted-by-design sculpture does not provide a single drop to fight fires. But it's the largest of three contenders for the biggest hydrant title. Unveiled on February 18, 2001, by artist Blue Sky, who also painted the Tunnelvision mural behind it.
- 1400 Taylor St., Columbia, SC
- Downtown. Either I-77 exit onto Forest Drive, which turns into Taylor St.; or I-26 to I-126, which turns into Elmwood Ave., then a quick right on Marion and five blocks south to Taylor. Center of Taylor between Bull and Marion Sts, in the AgFirst Farm Credit Bank parking lot, near Palmetto Medical Center.
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Visitor Tips and News About World's Largest Fire Hydrant
Visiting the hydrant on MLK Birthday. Not a lot of people around so nice day for it![sseegars, 01/21/2013]
The hydrant -- which is actually a work of public art -- currently stands on property that's been sold. It will, supposedly, be moved somewhere else in the city in 2014. Its official name is "Busted Plug Plaza."
It was really cool to drive up on this, although I was disappointed that it was surrounded by a safety wall so that we couldn't get up close and personal. The best part of it was the warning sign [a circle with a diagonal line across] of a dog hiking its leg. The hydrant is in the same parking lot as the Tunnelvision Mural, so one stop, two attractions![Danielle O., 11/16/2012]
The safety barriers are part of the artwork, not add-ons to keep people away. Its official name is "Busted Plug Plaza." The hydrant is supposed to look tilted and broken, and water seeps out of its base into the crumbled rocks around it.
Artist Blue Sky's "Busted Plug Plaza," with its enormous leaning fire hydrant fountain, was officially unveiled to the city of Columbia on February 18, 2001. The fire hydrant is 39 ft. tall, a nearly five ton steel sculpture set in a concrete base.
Jesse, the artist's son, provided information to set the record straight on the big fire hydrant, larger than competitors in Beaumont, Texas (24.5 ft.) and Elm Creek, Manitoba (29.5 ft.).
Blue Sky (Warren Edward Johnson) also created the Tunnelvision mural on the Federal Land Bank Building at Taylor and Murray Sts. in 1975. You can take photos with the fire plug in the foreground and the tunnel mural in the background.[Roadsideamerica.com Team, 07/11/2005]