Thursday, March 1, 2012


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

By Bonnie Rosenberg. Web only
Published online: 23 February 2012

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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