"Sometimes holding onto the past can create a bright, colorful future. Just ask the residents of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., who successfully lobbied to retain a nearly 70-year-old fixture of their downtown skyline. Local community members convinced the city to restore its last remaining water storage tower rather than demolish it, paving the way for the tower to reach iconic status today. It now welcomes city residents and visitors with an intricate, 11-color design fitting of the picturesque southeast Florida community. "
—Water World Magazine
The Downtown Fort Lauderdale Water Tower is a 160 foot tall, million gallon Water Tank that was restored to become a monumental, socially engaged, interactive, permanent public artwork through murals (phase 1) and an array of user – controlled lights, whereby anyone with a web-enabled device can paint with light on the surface of the water tower (phase 2).
This Water Tower was rescued by the community who did not want to see it replaced with a new, ground tank structure. The goals were to make it an iconic monument for the City of Fort Lauderdale, to promote social engagement, to beautify a derelict structure, and to commemorate Fort Lauderdale's "All America City" designation.
This was a 5 year process that involved having the design voted on by the City Commissioners, approved by the neighborhood HOA, a complete refurbishment of the tank and supporting structure, extensive discussions with the engineers, the development of an accurate 3D model for the purposes of lighting placement and mural placement, working with professional Water Tower Painters to accurately paint the design and application developers to create the interactive components that will be implemented in Phase 2.
Tower lights is the winner of the 2019 national Sherwin-Williams Water and Wastewater Impact Award. This project's contributors include SUEZ Advanced Solutions, OmniTech, LLC, Hazen and Sawyer, and the City of Fort Lauderdale.
City of Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA