Not only do we get to keep our landmark water tower and tank, the city’s going to preserve the art as well.
Next year, when Seattle Public Utilities re-coats the outside of the tank, they will try not to disturb the leaves. “They’re not trained as artists, so they’ll do their best,” said Andy Ryan, media relations coordinator for the utility.
“If needed, after they’re done, we may have to hire a local artist to do a little minor touch-up at the edges of the leafs. So the short answer is ‘yes, we will keep the maple leaves.’”
The tower and tank have been Maple Leaf’s symbol for 50 years. They were taken out of service last year by the utility, and won’t be used again to supply water, so there was fear they might be torn down.