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The Water Tower Project / PDXFebruary 15th, 2011

This project rethinks water towers and tank structures within the urban landscape. Use any 2d media to convey and explore how these industrial structures have impacted the city when decommissioned from their modern functionality.

Why are water towers structured so mundane and foreign to our landscape? What if they became integrated or reinterpreted within our urban fabric? Portland contains over 100 water storage facilities throughout the city. They appear in different forms, such as large 100’ steel towers to lower round concrete tanks partially embedded into the ground. Others are arranged on top of buildings. The oldest water tower was built in 1909 while the newest constructed in 2002. All provide water pressure using the simple force of gravity. These water storage facilities serve the metropolitan area under severe drought conditions and power outages. Towers are traditionally designed to sustain enough pressure for one full day of water to homes and businesses. This project is open to all students and professionals on a local, regional and national level. Project includes awards, publication and exhibition.

February 15th, 2011

March 31st, 2011



First Prize: $500
Second Prize: $100
Third Prize: Honorable mention

20+ juried and publication of works will be included in the exhibition inside Disjecta at Studio 5


Complete an online registration form and submit along with a $25 entry fee by February 15th, 2011 at 11.59 PM PST.

Any 2D media, 18"x24" vertical, that best represents the artists' interpretation and is original

One high quality jpeg image up to 5MB, alone with a short description (no more than 250 words)


To be announced