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WHAT IS THE WATER TANK PROJECT?

WATER TANKS UPDATE4BEST FOR HEADER

ART ABOVE NYC.
WATER ABOVE ALL.

Water tank wraps for water awareness.
 Coming Spring 2014


WATER TANK WATER TANK PROJECT LOGOThe Water Tank Project is the inaugural initiative of Word Above the Street, a non-profit dedicated to fostering environmental awareness and social advocacy through art and technology. In spring 2014, The Water Tank Project will transform the New York City skyline.

WATER TANKS PAINTED2Artwork by acclaimed artists and New York City public school students will be wrapped around 100 rooftop water tanks across all five boroughs, celebrating the talents of established and emerging artists, and calling attention to the global water crisis.

WATER TANKS PAINTED6Unprecedented in scale, The Water Tank Project is the first public art project to make use of water tanks in this way and will reach millions. For the duration of the project, art above will be complemented by action on the ground through educational programs, public tours, social media activities and a symposium dedicated to inspiring fresh views on global water issues.

WATER TANK PROJECT_ARTISTIC UPDATEOur aim is to produce art as social intervention, to inspire awe and joy, to educate, and to alter attitudes and habits among those who experience The Water Tank Project, ultimately creating meaningful and long-lasting change.

Here’s a link to my blog, “New York City’s Water System – How Bizarre!” of April 3, 2012, which will provide you with a most interesting history of the water tanks in NYC.  This includes a video and also a Prime Time Postscript clip -enjoy!

https://rainsoftottawa.wordpress.com/2012/04/03/new-york-citys-water-system-how-bizarre/?preview=true&preview_id=1422&preview_nonce=2fc7392cf4&post_format=standard

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“LET’S GET TANKED”, NYC’s WATER TANK PROJECT UPDATE WITH NEW VIDEO

 ~ ENJOY THIS SUPER VIDEO AND MUSIC ~  

Please visit my 3 previous blogs on New York City’s Water Tanks for plenty of background information and lots of photographs:
1) New York City‘s Water System  –  How Bizarre! –  April 3, 2012,  2)  New York City’s Water Tank Construction  –  Apr. 4, 2012 and 3) Word Above the Street’s, “The Water Tank Project – Apr. 5/12

Water Tank Project updates ~  

1)  The project is to last for twelve weeks during Summer 2013, and
2)   That the art work will be created off-site – artists participating in TWTP will donate original works of art, which will then be scanned and printed on vinyl material that will be installed on carefully selected tanks. These artist designed tanks will spark a global dialogue about the future of one of our most precious and endangered resources: WATER.

Video link ~

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/734752095/the-water-tank-project?play=1&ref=users

Here’s the latest artistic addition to the Manhattan skyline – with thanks to Architizer.com blog, June 5, 2012: http://www.architizer.com/en_us/blog/dyn/42914/reclaiming-the-water-tower-as-public-art/

Photo: Robert Banat

…”The latest in the trend is artist Tom Fruin‘s imaginatively transparent and colorful “Watertower” project, which he recently installed on a DUMBO rooftop. The piece, which opens this Thursday, June 7, maintains the proportions and size of a typical water tank, but has been rendered a glass tapestry of salvaged materials. Visible from Lower Manhattan, the sculpture is a De-Stijlesque jigsaw of upwards 1,000 polychromatic fragments of discarded and recycled Plexiglas Fruin collected from building sites all over the city. During the day, the sun sets the water tower ablaze, while at night, projection designer Jeff Sugg will illuminate the structure with a light show boogie woogie planned to play every nightfall throughout the year”

Mary Jordan
Founder/Creative Director, Word Above the Street

 PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD ~ this is a mammoth and most worthwhile undertaking of Mary Jordan and Word Above the Street to raise global awareness about the future of one of our most precious and endangered resources: WATER.

Part 3: WORD ABOVE THE STREET’S “THE WATER TANK PROJECT”

New York City’s “The Water Tank Project” , an event planned by the non profit organization, Word Above The Street,  will begin in spring 2013.

This large scale public art initiative, over a three month period, will draw attention to water conservation and increase our awareness of our world’s dwindling fresh water supply.

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.

Celebrated figures in art, music, science and New York City residents will be participating.

 

Interesting details about the project’s vision, mission, etc. – well worth the read, can be found at:

http://wordabovethestreet.org/

 There are a number of videos for you on the design and construction of New York’s water towers:

http://d-build.org/blog/?p=2289

Art work on towers – NYC’s Skyline Is About To Get A Little Help From Thom Yorke:

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.

http://bit.ly/xF9aZ9

 Interesting links:

http://eastvillagelive-davido.blogspot.ca/2012/03/water-tank-project-at-new-museum.html

http://www.galleristny.com/2012/02/jay-z-ed-ruscha-and-thom-yorke-to-design-water-tanks-in-new-york/

       Thanks for joining us for all 3 parts of the New York City’s                                                Rooftop Water Tank series.

                                   Hope you enjoyed all three!                                 

 

PART 2 – NEW YORK CITY’S WATER TANK CONSTRUCTION

 NEW YORK CITY’S WATER TANK CONSTRUCTION 

Video on the creative craftsmanship of New York’s rooftop water tanks:

As you will see in the videos, two companies in New York build water towers, both of which are family businesses in operation since the 1800s. Even though there are steel constructed tanks, wooden ones are preferred because they can be easily assembled and transported to rooftops in parts and cost less.

“Rosenwach Wood Water Tanks Help Shape The City Skyline”

“They’re a signature part of the city skyline, and even in the 21st century, wood water tanks still have a unique and necessary job here, providing water to millions of homes.” – NY1’s Jeanine Ramirez

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtrx5oBskAY&feature=related

The New York Times staff photographer Richard Perry took some great photos of Rosenwach putting up water tanks, which was part of his project photographing different products and companies still manufacturing in NYC.

  You can also watch a rooftop water getting a facelift:

Water tanks / water towers are a rooftop fixture of the New York City skyline and are the subject of fascination for many. But sometimes they need a facelift to repair the damage of the elements. This video shows one of these Manhattan fixtures getting a tune-up. Filmed in the late fall of 2011, it’s sped up 2.5X.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=fQl0xKHiI9Q

Time lapse of a water tank being built at 266 Riverside Drive, NYC. Shot & Edited by Ben Bryant benbryant.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpyVXSPvy5Q&feature=related

Safety falls a little lower on the priority scale when Discovery channel’s, Mike Rowe, assists a team of carpenters on top of a New York skyscraper.

In a thoughtful look back at his most challenging and hazardous apprenticeships, Mike makes a practical case for safety and reaffirms the critical role of individual responsibility in a dangerous world.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=H0u56J3EFks&feature=endscreen

  See you back here tomorrow for Part 3:      

Word Above The Street organization’s

                               “The Water Project”, Spring 2013      



NEW YORK CITY’S WATER SYSTEM – HOW BIZARRE!

   PART 1 OF A 3 PART SERIES ~ NEW YORK CITY‘S WATER SYSTEM NECESSITATES USING ROOFTOP WATER TANKS – ALL 10,000 – 15,000 OF THEM!!!

New Yorkers love to brag about having the best-tasting drinking water in the country, although residents of high-rise buildings may not realize that their water makes an extra stop on its way from the reservoir. When high-rise residents turn on their taps to have a drink of water, take a shower or wash the dishes, the water comes from a tank located on the roof of the building. In addition to serving as a storage device, the tank creates water pressure through gravity which brings water to each apartment as needed… (By Eric Johnson)

 Watch this impressive YouTube video (fantastic photography) on New York City’s Rooftop Water Tanks ~

 

A VERY INTERESTING TOPIC

  Next blogs in series ~ Part 2: NEW YORK CITY’S WATER TANK CONSTRUCTION and Part 3: ‘WORD ABOVE THE STREET’ WATER PROJECT, 2013

To open this topic I’ve included a link to AARP Radio’s Prime Time Postscript on “NYC Water Tanks”: background information on this most unique water system.

Listen to a most interesting talk about New York City’s water system and the rooftop water tanks (all 10,000 – 15,000 of them!) that top all buildings that are higher than 6 stories!!!

“If you’re in New York City, take a look up at the iconic skyline. However, look past the skyscrapers and buildings of glass and at rather, the rooftop wooden water tanks.  Producer Britta Conroy-Randall found out why rooftop water tanks are an essential – and beloved – feature of the city skyline.”

 Listen to a funny incident related at the 3:54 time spot into the talk

http://www.aarp.org/politics-society/environment/info-12-2010/nyc-water-tanks.html

I wonder if there are other ‘mega’ cities around the globe using the same bizarre (to me, at least, after hearing this for the first time) system???

These tanks have been “fixtures of the urban landscape for 100 years.”

The city’s water pressure system can’t supply enough pressure to take the water any further than 5 or 6 stories.

The rooftop water tanks are 12 feet high, 13 feet in diameter and most are made of redwood.

 

Interesting facts  from ‘Longtime emblems of City Roofs, Still Going Strong’ by Jacoba Charles, June 3, 2007 ~

Younger cities often rely on electric pumps to supply water to skyscrapers, but New York’s aged infrastructure, built on shallow bedrock that results in extremely low water pressure, doesn’t allow that technology. Architects outside New York may not even think of using a rooftop tank to hold a building’s water supply, and if they did, who would build it?

To watch the tankmen practice their craft is to witness a construction technique that has transcended time, as was evident one day not long ago when a Rosenwach crew was building a water tank on the roof of a 24-story hotel rising near the Empire State Building. Three men moved nimbly around a narrow, railfree scaffolding almost 300 feet above the street, while two others handed up planks from the rooftop below. It took less than two hours to construct the body of the tank, setting vertical boards in place using only a hammer and a rope.

http://www.ldeo.columbia.edu/edu/eesj/gradpubs/Newspaper/

Charles_NYT_LongtimeEmblemsofCityRoofs_060307.pdf

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTRkFgqxzl8

  See you back here tomorrow for

                        Part 2: New York City’s

                                      Rooftop Water Tank Construction.