The Old brass New York City fire hose nozzle stands proud, its gleaming brass surface catching the light and casting a warm glow on the surrounding concrete. The patina of age only adds to its rugged beauty, the scratches, and dings a testament to the many fires it has fought in its service to the city. The nozzle's shape is both functional and elegant, the curves and lines inviting the viewer to imagine the powerful stream of water that once flowed through it.
This is a piece of history, captured in a single moment, frozen in time, and preserved for all to admire. It is a powerful reminder of the bravery and strength of the firefighters who have used this tool to protect and serve the city.
© Dan Kosmayer, 2005