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Garden Sprinkler Fitting - Novelty Attachment, Crazy Daisy, circa 1980 Object Reg. No: HT 21619

Summary:
Crazy Daisy is a plastic novelty garden sprinkler attachment.

The sprinkler fitting was acquired as part of the Museum Victoria 'Curator for a Day project', undertaken in October 2007. The sprinkler fitting is a novelty item once used in a domestic context to water a garden. It has no clear branding or product information. The usage of this style of sprinkler fitting was made illegal by the state government water restrictions in October 2007.

The 'Curator for a Day project' was a collaboration between the Williamstown Environmental Neighbourhood Cluster and Museum Victoria's Water Smart Home project. Students were required to nominate objects relating to water conservation and changing water behaviour for inclusion in the Museum's Water Smart Home collection.

The Williamstown Neighbourhood Cluster is made up of Williamstown High School, Williamstown North Primary School, Williamstown Primary School and Spotswood Primary School. The cluster aims to develop a model for environmental education through active learning opportunities through local community partnerships. Students research, develop understanding and actively engage in environmental projects within their neighbourhood.
Description:
This Crazy Daisy Garden Sprinkler Fitting is a large hollow plastic stake with a foam, floral shaped detail at the top end.
At the base of the object is a pink spear shaped section that would be pushed into the soil. At the top of this section, at right angle to the shaft of the fitting is a pink and yellow hose attachment.
The shaft/main stake section of the sprinkler fitting is green plastic and spherical.
A pink attachment joins the green shaft to the foam yellow floral section of the sprinkler, at the centre of which is a flat pink plastic circular disc. There are seven holes inside this disc that the water would come out of. There are broken thin plastic tubes inside these holes that appear to have been part of the sprinkler fitting.
Statement Of Significance:
This 'Curator for a Day' collection of water related objects is historically and technically significant on both a practical and conceptual level. Several of the objects (hose attachment, sprinkler fitting, garden tap and car wash) are once common water related household and garden objects which reflect water behaviours and practices that have become outdated over recent years. Similarly, the novelty and game items reflect the way that water used feature in leisure activity and how this behaviour has changed. There is a need to collect these contemporary objects while they are in the process of being replaced but are still relatively common and therefore accessible for donation/acquisition. The collection is historically and technically significant as it offers insight in what this group of upper primary and lower secondary school students feel to be important objects to collect and conserve for the future. This in turn highlights how they perceive the current water crisis as well as how they perceive museums and the types of contemporary objects that should be collected.

The Curator for a Day collection of objects is also a very practical critique of water use and perceptions of wastefulness. It documents the current water use practices of this group of students and the change that is occurring in their own life time. It is an extremely tangible and insightful reflection of their own lived history. Acquiring this collection is also a dynamic way of documenting the unique 'Curator for a Day' project. In doing so, the evolution of the Water Smart Home program as well as how it adapted to the changing needs of the community is captured. In addition, the differing ways that Museum Victoria is engaging with the community is documented by the acquisition of this collection.

This object is strategically applicable to the Water Smart Home Project and broader issues of sustainability. This collection of objects is directly connected to the public program and water related heritage collection components of the Water Smart Home website. It is also representative of responses to environmental issues and to water conservation in a domestic context.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Declan Slusarczyk, 2007
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 770 mm (Height), 180 mm (Width)

More information

Tagged with: conservation, preservation, sustainability, water conservation, water consumption, water smart home, sprinklers
Themes this item is part of: Water Smart Home - Project Description, The Curator for a Day Project, Childhood & Youth Collection, Domestic & Community Life Collection, Leisure Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection
Primary Classification: SUSTAINABILITY
Secondary Classification: Conservation - Water
Tertiary Classification: gardening
Partner Organisation: Williamstown Environmental Neighbourhood Cluster, Williamstown, Victoria, Australia, 2007
Collector: Water Smart Home Project, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 2007
References: http://www.4schools1planet.vic.edu.au/

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