acclaimed artists redefine the skyline by wrapping NYC's water tanks
 
acclaimed artists redefine the skyline by wrapping NYC's water tanks acclaimed artists redefine the skyline by wrapping NYC's water tanks
sep 03, 2014

acclaimed artists redefine the skyline by wrapping NYC's water tanks

acclaimed artists redefine the skyline by wrapping NYC’s water tanks
all images courtesy of the water tank project

 

 

 

the new york city skyline is home to some of the most famous buildings in the world, yet few notice the roof-top structures ubiquitous and vital to the bustling urban landscape: water tanks. the water tank project aims to transform the image of these otherwise overlooked constructions, draw awareness to the global water crisis and enliven the panorama through publicly accessible art. ‘we are creating symbols of water abundance and raising awareness about our global water issue, one tank at a time.’ describes founder mary jordan, who experienced a water shortage in ethiopia in 2007 ‘my hope is that everyone everywhere is inspired by the project, and is encouraged to learn how they can make a difference.’

 

 


about the water tank project
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with some of the most acclaimed international artists including edward burtynsky, ed ruscha and jeff koons, the project team is participating in an unprecedented social intervention, with the hopes of instilling awe, educating and altering the attitude of those who experience the works. the unique exposed rooftop water tanks have never been used before for public art and make an ideal canvas for various designs and compositions.

the water tank project wrapped tanks new york city
installing the work by laurie simmons

 

 

 

so far, the first five water tanks wrapped in artwork — with works by laurie simmons, odili donald odita, sigrid calon, lorenzo petrantoni and tessa traeger — are now gracing the skyline of downtown manhattan. the project has just revealed a digital map that will reveal the locations and art information of the tanks as they are continuously wrapped. the interface will allow millions around the world to experience the event virtually through an app and web based multimedia.

the water tank project wrapped tanks new york city
lorenzo petrantoni’s water tank titled ‘water means life’ in soho

the water tank project wrapped tanks new york city
sigrid calon’s graphic tank in the heart of the chelsea district

the water tank project wrapped tanks new york city
detail

the water tank project wrapped tanks new york city
odili donald odita’s tank, ‘current’, in the sky above 282 11th ave, new york

the water tank project new york city

the water tank project new york city

the water tank project new york city
utilizing multiple tanks for the installed art piece

the water tank project new york city
artist tim maguire plans to cover the water tank in a floral-influenced work

the water tank project new york city
concept for water tank art by ed ruscha

water tanks wrapped in art pop up on new york city roofs
concepts by joesph stashkevetch (top left) and izima kaoru (top right) are to grace the city’s skyline

 

 

about the water tank project:

 


the water tank project is an initiative of word above the street, a non-profit dedicated to fostering environmental awareness, education and social advocacy through large-scale public art projects. artwork from both acclaimed and emerging artists will be showcased to the delight of passersby and will call significant attention to the global water crisis. critical production support has been provided by swatch, hearst magazines, bettina and donald l. bryant, jr., elizabeth k. belfer, agnes gund, ford foundation, rockefeller foundation, booth ferris foundation and mcgarrybowen.

  • Hip hip hooray . Splendid for NYC. I lived under a water tower for 7 years and would climb to the top often. Such a view and such a structure. Just delightful to see the skyline become repopulated by neat and magnificent ideas.

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