Water Tanks: NYC Icon To Become Canvas for Public Art?

The Water Tank Project, an ambi­tious pub­lic art ini­tia­tive slated to appear next year, would make use of one of New York’s most dis­tinc­tive archi­tec­tural fea­tures — the wooden rooftop water­tank — to bring atten­tion to the world­wide cri­sis in safe water.

As described on the project web­site, “For 12 weeks in the spring of 2013, care­fully selected rooftop tanks across all five bor­oughs of New York City will be will be wrapped in works of art by cel­e­brated fig­ures in art, music and sci­ence as well as NYC residents.”

As described in Inhab­i­tat, Thom Yorke and Jay-Z are among the celebri­ties named as par­tic­i­pants, along with the artists Ed Ruscha and Tony Oursler. Accord­ing to the project site, after New York, the orga­niz­ers plan expand the ini­tia­tive to other cities, includ­ing Mum­bai, Rio and Mex­ico City.