Water Tank Mural Has Residents Guessing

DAVIS (CBS13) – Leave it to the city of Davis to put abstract art on something as mundane as a water tank.

Even the artists agree their giant canvas is unique to say the least.

 “It is kind of a weird place for art,” admitted artist Hennessy Christophel. “It’s really a primitive state.  We just have a base color right now.”  

The water tower off Interstate 80 and Mace Boulevard is currently a swirl of tan colors designed to bring movement to a lifeless structure.

“When I first looked at it I thought it was like a cow but it’s not black,” said one Davis resident.  Another told CBS13 she thought it was beautiful.

The city of Davis had $75,000 set aside for artwork for their 4 million gallon water tank.

Out of more than a dozen artists’ ideas, city officials chose Hennessy and Sofia of Licen and Christophel Mural and Design.
 
“We were really excited about painting a piece in a town that we love,” said artist Sofia Licen.

“It was months of brainstorming and putting together sketches and ideas,” explained Hennessy.

Using their fine arts background these commercial muralists hope to create a work of art that will draw people to the city.

The artists call the tan swirl of colors on the tank “warmth”.   They’ll add 6 to 8 foot tree sculptures extending from the top to create shadows from the sunlight.  Then they’ll add the words “Sol Omnibus Lucha”…meaning “The Sun Shining Upon Us All”.

The artists have a lot more painting to do on their 14,000 square foot canvas and hope to complete their artwork sometime this fall.

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  1. ANDREA_S... says:

    WOW $75 GRAND FOR THAT THESE PEOPLE ARE AS BAD AS THE F-R-E-A-K-S IN BERKELEY, WHAT A WASTE OF GOOD MONEY, THEY SHOULD HAVE PUT GAVIN NEWSOMS PICTURE ON IT WITH THE CAPTION **WELCOME TO THE CITY OF S-T-U-P-I-D-I-T-Y**

  2. Henna Christo says:

    The $75,000 budget for this project has always been a part of total tank budget. This amount was set aside specifically for the aesthetics of the tank. It was originally going to be used for a tan stucco treatment with pilasters, and instead the City of Davis re-allocated those same funds to be used for an interesting artistic treatment of the tank. No additional city money has been used for the creation of this art piece.

  3. JayRo says:

    Author Malcom Gladwell wrote, “it’s a mistake to rely on the first impressions of customers who are inherently biased against the unfamiliar.” Gladwell also talked about how dangerous it is when first impressions cripple breakthrough ideas and innovation. When people say they don’t like something right away what they really mean is that it’s so new and unusual that they aren’t used to it. If art were permitted or not permitted based on its popularity, there would be no Eiffel Tower in Paris. People hated it at first. Not that anyone really hates the water tank design. As a matter of fact A) this water tank isn’t even halfway finished yet and B) the sound bites in the CBS13 piece most likely don’t represent the majority of opinions, just those of the people they could get to talk on camera in the (probably) short time they were there. I love the drawings I’ve seen of the finished tank. I think it’ll be a great icon for the great little city of Davis. I’m glad someone had the guts and vision to approve spending the money on a beautiful, intelligent and interesting peace of art instead of spending the same money on a boring tan stucco facade with a plaque that says “Davis Water Tank”. The placement of the metal “scrims” along the upper ridges to cast ever changing shadows along the sides of the tank is truly innovative, aesthetically pleasing and dynamic. The people of Davis should be thankful and proud to have such a unique and beautiful landmark.

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