This will be an opportunity for artists to use their artistic inspiration to transform the look of the skyline’s water towers drawing attention to water as a precious resource in New York City and around the world.
300 of the approx. 15,000 rooftop water tanks will be carefully selected for the transformation.
Soon the artwork of Thom Yorke, Jay-Z, and others will be looming over New York City, as the non-profit organization Word Above The Street has signed the two on to help transform water tanks in New York City. According to GalleristNY, the 12-week project will take on 300 of New York’s water towers, turning them all into public artworks. From the project’s Facebook page:
Grounded in the inspirational power of public art, The Water Tank Project will inspire millions of people to be more responsible with water in their daily lives. Carefully selected rooftop water tanks across the city will be temporarily wrapped with original artwork on the subject of water. Celebrating the talents of established artists, emerging artists and even New York City school students, The Water Tank Project will reshape the city skyline.
Want to help, but haven’t created one of the world’s most perfect pieces of music? No problem. There’s an open call to “all artists regardless of age, experience, sex, race, color, or national origin.” Learn more about the Water Tank Project here, which will start taking shape next spring.
Others lending a helping hand include Ed Ruscha, Lawrence Weiner, Marilyn Minter, E.V. Day, Tony Conrad, Andy Goldsworthy and Tony Oursler. And the whole thing is being helmed by filmmaker Mary Jordan with the help of some big names in the art world, including Lisa Dennison, the chairman of Sotheby’s, and Neville Wakefield, the senior curatorial adviser for MoMA PS1.