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Photographer turns rusty fire hydrants into beautiful planets

His goal? To get us all to be a little bit more Horten.. you know, when he hears the who.

Story by Jaymi Heimbuch - Source: http://www.treehugger.com
Photo ©Adam Kennedy

Photo ©Adam Kennedy

Adam Kennedy has an interesting hobby. He walks around San Francisco looking for old, beat up fire hydrants. The more peeling paint, the better. He photographs the nob on the top of these hydrants, then Photoshops them into an entire planet — like this one. His goal? To get us all to be a little bit more Horten.. you know, when he hears the who.

Photo ©Adam Kennedy

Photo ©Adam Kennedy

“I’m just really excited to be able to share my artwork with the rest of the world and get people thinking about what’s out there in the universe, and furthermore, what’s down here on Earth that we might have been missing out on all along,” Kennedy states.

Photo ©Adam Kennedy

Photo ©Adam Kennedy

Looking closely at a hydrant and imagining the entire world it is, or can become, has become Kennedy’s pastime. And his artwork can get people thinking about the world on a macro level.

Photo ©Adam Kennedy

Photo ©Adam Kennedy

In late February, Kennedy posted one of his before-and-after photos to Reddit and quickly made the front page, getting 1.5 million views that day — and the attention of the rest of the Internet.

Photo ©Adam Kennedy

Photo ©Adam Kennedy

His artwork has been featured on sites like Wired, Mashable and Petapixel.

Photo ©Adam Kennedy

Photo ©Adam Kennedy

Kennedy writes, “The most intriguing aspect of this hobby of mine is how the features of the “planets” form: the decay and the rust are a product of the natural conditions of Earth — just as the features and geography of our home planet are guided by the natural conditions of the solar system. Perhaps more exciting is the notion that there may be planets out there in the universe that look almost identical to the ones I’ve rendered.”

Photo ©Adam Kennedy

Photo ©Adam Kennedy

While it’s a lot of computer work, it’s a project that gets him outside a lot. Kennedy is constantly walking the city looking for more hydrants that would work for his art.

Photo ©Adam Kennedy

Photo ©Adam Kennedy

Kennedy hopes to create enough of these planets to be able to create products, including a 2014 calendar featuring the best of his planets, to sell.

Photo ©Adam Kennedy

Photo ©Adam Kennedy

One of the best aspects of his art is how much it gets one thinking about the activities that create certain features.

“Some planets will have vibrant forests and dusty valleys, others frozen over with glaciers and bacteria-rich oceans, some atmospheric with thick clouds, others void of life altogether. Some may even have civilizations illuminating the dark side of the planet,” writes Kennedy.

Photo ©Adam Kennedy

Photo ©Adam Kennedy

Kennedy started an Indiegogo campaign to raise money to buy a supply posters and other products of his work that he can sell. As a student at San Francisco State University, the extra income will probably go a long way for him.

Photo ©Adam Kennedy

Photo ©Adam Kennedy

See more of Kennedy’s work at his website, and also follow him on Twitter at @PlanetUniverse_.

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