Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Water Tower #1
Here is a new piece, inspired by a photo I took last month in the Hell's Kitchen neighbourhood of Manhattan.
The distinctive rooftop water towers of NYC were at one point required for all buildings taller than six stories. In order to supply water to the upper floors, the water pressure would have had to be so high that it would have caused the pipes on the lower floors to burst. The towers are so iconic that in 2006 the neighbourhood of Tribeca passed an ordinance requiring water towers, functional or decorative, on all buildings.
The piece measures 24" x 18", and is made of hand-dyed cotton, collaged and superimposed with a stitching line of heavy black cotton.
A second piece, Water Tower #2, is in progress.