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New York water tanks to be transformed into works of art

Ed Ruscha and Lawrence Weiner, as well as Jay-Z, are due to take part

A rendering of work for the Water Tank Project, featuring art by Ed Ruscha

Word Above the Street, a New York-based non-profit organisation, plans to transform 300 rooftop water tanks across New York City into works of art to raise awareness on the global water supply.

For 12 weeks during the spring and summer of 2013, the Water Tank Project will host works by artists including Ed Ruscha, Lawrence Weiner, Tony Oursler, Marilyn Minter and Carrie Mae Weems, as well as rapper Jay-Z.

The project is run by Mary Jordan, a film-maker and activist, with a curatorial team that includes Lisa Dennison, the chairman of Sotheby’s North and South America, Neville Wakefield, the senior curatorial adviser for MoMA PS1, Alison Gingeras, the head curator of François Pinault’s collection and Toby Devan Lewis, a trustee of the New Museum of Contemporary Art.

Jordan plans to expand the initiative outside of the US, but no other locations have been confirmed. Supporters for the Water Tank Project include the Ford Foundation, the Agnes Gund AG Foundation, the Dorothea Leonhardt Foundation and private patrons.

This article was updated to correct the date of the project

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27 Feb 12
15:11 CET

RODRIGO SALAZAR, JACKSON HEIGHTS, NY

I would like to have more information of this project I have been taking pics of all those water tanks in New York City

27 Feb 12
15:11 CET

NAOMI HR, NEW YORK

Have the water tanks been identified? Are there any issues regarding preservation? Personally I'm a little concerned about the permanent nature of these artistic interventions.

27 Feb 12
15:9 CET

WWW.DOROTHY KOPPELMAN.NET, NEW YORK CITY

I have loved photographing and painting watertowers since the l980's. My work was in the Watertower Appreciation Society show in the UK. I want to decorate one now! Isseks on Broome Street has my work. This is a great idea!

23 Feb 12
20:19 CET

SUE STOFFEL, NEW YORK

The Water Tank Project also includes a major education component with the DOE and NYC Public Schools. Please visit their website for more info. Wordabovethestreet.org

23 Feb 12
20:19 CET

TIMOTHY LINN, NEW YORK

Has the project provided for the participation of other perhaps in some circles lesser known yet just as interested accomplished socially conscious artists like myself ?

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