Is there a country in the world where you cannot buy or get hold of a hosepipe? Whilst they may be more apparent in warmer climates, hosepipes seem, at least to our mind and from our experience, really internationally Super Ordinary. Regardless of their mundanity, they just keep catching our eye!
What is the appeal?
After all, it is only just a hosepipe!
Well, the appeal is multi-faceted. The colour is the obvious attention grabber. As a kid growing up in Kenya, where poisonous snakes were a real daily hazard, Yasumi was always nervous about serpentine shapes in the grass. Seeing a brilliant hue of a hosepipe left in the grass was always a more welcome sight! Aside from the colour, there are the sinuous shapes that they cast. The way in which they are stored, (or not), is also interesting to us.
From an entirely different perspective, hosepipes embody our interest in anonymous design. They are a great example of an everyday item that was designed purely to fulfil a function and that is to guide flowing water from a fixed point to where you need it, whilst wasting as little as possible.
Hosepipe observations from our friends...
It’s a pleasure to connect with generous and talented observers who allow us to share their photos on Super Ordinary Life. People like :
It’s interesting to see that hosepipes are eye-catching objects for other people too. Dany’s example from Nara in Japan is especially curious to us, the jagged recess that the tap is in suggests that it was an afterthought and the owner had to excavate part of the wall to reach the water line. Just goes to show that everything can have a story. Even a humble hosepipe!