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A mural for Maple Leaf's water tower?

April 25th, 2015 by Mike

Annie emails: “I saw an article in Maple Leaf Life back in August of 2010 associated with a media release to keep the water tower in Maple Leaf.

“I’m an artist taking a mural class at North Seattle College and live a few blocks from the water tower. One of my assignments is to propose a public mural, and I couldn’t help but think about a hypothetical proposal for the water tower to have a facelift!

“This is hypothetical as an assignment, but I’ll be designing and proposing with all considerations a mural to be hypothetically painted. I’m interested in information to do my project. Measurements are a must. This will potentially be a plan the city may want to use.

“Do you know where I could access the schematic plan for the 1948 build of the tower? Do you know who’s in charge of making a decision about the tower’s aesthetics? Any opinions about the message of the artwork?

“We could create a poll and ask on the blog what people want to see.”

We’ll put Annie in touch with Andy Ryan, media relations coordinator for Seattle Public Utilities.

The tower, as we’ve reported, has now been empty of water for years, and will not be returned to service. It doesn’t meet modern earthquake standards.

The city is leaving it up as a landmark (and platform for antennas). Other suggestions here have included turning it into an observation platform, a rotating restaurant or a  hawk aerie.

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A mural for Maple Leaf’s water tower?

April 25th, 2015 by Mike

Annie emails: “I saw an article in Maple Leaf Life back in August of 2010 associated with a media release to keep the water tower in Maple Leaf.

“I’m an artist taking a mural class at North Seattle College and live a few blocks from the water tower. One of my assignments is to propose a public mural, and I couldn’t help but think about a hypothetical proposal for the water tower to have a facelift!

“This is hypothetical as an assignment, but I’ll be designing and proposing with all considerations a mural to be hypothetically painted. I’m interested in information to do my project. Measurements are a must. This will potentially be a plan the city may want to use.

“Do you know where I could access the schematic plan for the 1948 build of the tower? Do you know who’s in charge of making a decision about the tower’s aesthetics? Any opinions about the message of the artwork?

“We could create a poll and ask on the blog what people want to see.”

We’ll put Annie in touch with Andy Ryan, media relations coordinator for Seattle Public Utilities.

The tower, as we’ve reported, has now been empty of water for years, and will not be returned to service. It doesn’t meet modern earthquake standards.

The city is leaving it up as a landmark (and platform for antennas). Other suggestions here have included turning it into an observation platform, a rotating restaurant or a  hawk aerie.

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It's true! Maple Leaf water tower turning blue(er)

August 12th, 2011 by Mike

Our water tower is turning a brighter shade of blue, from right to left.

We can now answer Barbara’s question from Thursday about what crews are doing at the Maple Leaf water tower.

Donna Hartmann-Miller, of the Maple Leaf Community Council, tells us she talked with the project manager:

“I spoke with Stephanie Murphy last week and asked her about the painting of the water tank. She said half will be painted this year and half will be painted next year and she was expecting the painting would be happening soon.”

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It’s true! Maple Leaf water tower turning blue(er)

August 12th, 2011 by Mike

Our water tower is turning a brighter shade of blue, from right to left.

We can now answer Barbara’s question from Thursday about what crews are doing at the Maple Leaf water tower.

Donna Hartmann-Miller, of the Maple Leaf Community Council, tells us she talked with the project manager:

“I spoke with Stephanie Murphy last week and asked her about the painting of the water tank. She said half will be painted this year and half will be painted next year and she was expecting the painting would be happening soon.”

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What's up with our Maple Leaf water tower?

August 11th, 2011 by Mike

Barbara sent us this photo of Maple Leaf’s iconic water tower this afternoon.

She’s wondering: “Just curious to know what the workers are doing there today.”

We don’t know yet, but we’ve asked.

Remember that the water tower (which purists will point out is not a water tower but a water tank on top of a tower) is empty, but that we get to keep it anyway.

We do know that it’s scheduled for a paint job this year, but that the crews will try and preserve the painted maple leaves.

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What’s up with our Maple Leaf water tower?

August 11th, 2011 by Mike

Barbara sent us this photo of Maple Leaf’s iconic water tower this afternoon.

She’s wondering: “Just curious to know what the workers are doing there today.”

We don’t know yet, but we’ve asked.

Remember that the water tower (which purists will point out is not a water tower but a water tank on top of a tower) is empty, but that we get to keep it anyway.

We do know that it’s scheduled for a paint job this year, but that the crews will try and preserve the painted maple leaves.

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