Dublin Villager

Town pump returns to Bridge and High streets

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One of Historic Dublin's oldest landmarks made a reappearance last week.

Dublin's latest public artwork, Daily Chores, was installed at BriHi Square last week, bringing the town pump back to the intersection of Bridge and High streets.

The new artwork memorializes the well that was drilled in Historic Dublin and served as not just a place to get water, but to socialize in the early 1900s.

The pump was removed about 1925 when cars became more prevalent and a man ran into the barrier that surrounded the pump and threatened to sue the village.

Daily Chores has been in the works since 2012 and Westerville artist Michael Tizzano began crafting the artwork in November.

The artwork started with a small clay sculpture and after he received approval on the design Tizzano used two Dublin children to model the brother and sister getting water from the town pump after.

"It was one-fourth life sized," he said. "I used a grid so everything would be accurate."

The trough that holds the water is made from Ohio limestone that is prevalent in Dublin.

The pump, brother and sister are made of bronze and were crafted at Studio Foundry in Cleveland.

"They quoted 731 hours to do the job," Tizzano said.

"It always takes more time than you would think," he said.

Other parts of the artwork also took some serious thought.

Tizzano said he had to make sure the bucket and pump were facing the right way, consider the amount of water in the bucket and the sound of the water hitting the bucket.

"I had to consider wind coming through the area," he said, adding that luckily he had engineering experience from summer construction jobs.

As a team installed the artwork in BriHi Square last week, drilling and connecting the artwork into the water system was done to make sure the water feature operated properly.

"There's precision," Tizzano said. "Most artists don't have to worry about that."

The artist was happy with the artwork that took over a year to complete.

"I'm extremely pleased," Tizzano said. "I've been working with the foundry for many years on my art."

The city plans to dedicate Daily Chores at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 5.

jnoblit@thisweeknews.com

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