Addison's New Water Tower Is Also a Power Plant and An Art Project!



A Friend of Unfair Park dispatches this look at Addison's new water tower, which is presently making the rounds on Reddit. And, yes, those are wind turbines on top -- 10 total, each eight feet tall, the point of which is to operate the water tower and power the street lights on Arapaho. The city's been planning this public work-slash-art project since 2009; says the website it's "possibly [the] only wind-powered water tower in Texas," and it was designed in part by Dallas artist Brad Goldberg, who "sees his work as a fusion between sculpture, the landscape and the built environment." (So he says.)

Autumn Rose Reo, who handles PR duties for Addison, says they broke ground on the project in October 2010. They didn't plan on having it finished till August of this year, but a grant that helped fund the turbines necessitated they start spinning by the end of this month. And so, says Reo, "They fired up the turbines last week." Coolest thing to come out of Addison since Primer.
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Bilbo Baggins
Bilbo Baggins

I live in Addison, and this is the most god-awful eyesore in all of DFW. Sure it may be able to power a few things but at what cost to the taxpayers wallets and eyesight?  Some people can never seem to leave well enough alone.

JWood
JWood

Helical windmills to power a small generator are one of the better options to allow homeowners to make power for their own home instead of waiting for utility companies to make giant polluting generation plants...if the state and city codes would allow more of these without HOA bs or such then Texas Power would be cheaper and all the warnings about rolling brownouts for 2 years could be skipped...

PLFarmer
PLFarmer

Pinwheels on a watertower.What next? A military recruitment station at a middle school?

LeftyRodriguez
LeftyRodriguez

Hey, that's my video!  Sorry it's so crappy...I shot it while hanging out of the car window with my iPhone on Saturday morning while fending off the sub-freezing temperatures and my dog waiting patiently to head over to Wagging Tail Dog Park.  And, having driven by it several times over the last few days, I can confirm that it's still too mesmerizing!

Ed D.
Ed D.

Addison is almost ridiculously well run, especially for a tiny landlocked suburb where half the land area is an airport. They've built an urban core, pour money into DART, and have a thriving arts scene. (I do miss living there some days.)

Halldecker
Halldecker

Saw it over the weekend,  wondered if it was a blower with strips of aluminum foil.

A fantastic design,  even better to learn it has a purpose.

Think Addison would swap a bridge for it?

Farmer Vincent
Farmer Vincent

As you check out the swirling colors notice how your heads become more and more mellow.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Driving by it every day I kept wondering when they were going to finish the damn thing, until I finally realized it's meant to look that way.

NewsDog
NewsDog

I have been driving past this regularly for a while now and have been wondering what it was all about. Pretty much what I guessed. Still, a good idea.

GAA
GAA

I agree.  Addison has a large tax base due to the fact that their restaurant/bar scene has been going strong for over 30 years.

Paul
Paul

 Being the only place for miles around that has "liquor-by-the-drink" sure hasn't hindered anything ....

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