Eero Saarinen’s water tower is cooler than your water tower. This is at the former Bell Labs at Holmdel, NJ. It was designed to resemble a transistor, which was cutting edge stuff back then. The tower is still used!
The giant pineapple water tower of Honolulu, built 1928, provided water for the Hawaii Pineapple Co., which later became Dole Pineapple. The tank, which was painted like a pineapple with 46 steel “leaves” on the top, was 40 feet tall and held 100,000 gallons of water. The topmost part of the tower stood almost 200 feet above sea level and was also a beacon for arriving ships. The Dole pineapple cannery closed, the water tower fell into disrepair, and ultimately in 1993 it was dismantled and put into storage.
The common name “pineapple” was an archaic term for pine cones, and English explorers confused the pineapple (Ananas comosus) fruits for pine cones. Bromelain, a mixture of enzymes found in pineapples, is capable of breaking down raw meat and can be used as meat tenderizer. It is also responsible for the feeling of mouth-soreness that some people experience after eating pineapple.
Our pineapple water tower is made from sugar pine cone scales, palm paddles, willow, honeysuckle vine, kiwi vine, esterealla, badam pods, and gourd.
Some of our newest work has centered around water towers, as they're such an iconic representation of place; as specific as the building or land it sits on to as general as the city it serves. We recently created a really awesome custom piece for a local hotel that we'll share much more about later, and then decided to experiment a bit with various colors and combinations while we had the screens burned. We wound up with 10 prints, each one different and unique in it's own way, on this really pleasing new off-white kraft paper we're also experimenting with. Each print is signed, 18x24, pulled by hand, and includes different water towers from around Richmond (+ 1 from Durham) + some texture/pattern here and there + some vintage signage. We sold a few last weekend but we'll have the remaining ones available this Sunday 12/17 at @thebrunchmarket 11a-4p. $60/each. 🌇