And the winner is…

The City of Ann Arbor is giving part of its infrastructure a facelift.

The Manchester Water Tower, visible from and just to the south of the Washtenaw-Stadium split, is getting an update.  Currently a bland industrial medium gray color, the city decided to have a little fun with its appearance.  Last summer, they invited students and artists to imagine new ways the water could look.  Hundreds of submissions poured in, and five months later, the county picked the five most popular and asked city residents to vote for the best one in a survey that they called “Art in the Sky.”

Manchester Water Tower designs

Ann Arbor, after five weeks and thousands of votes, the results are in!  The winning design highlights Ann Arbor’s natural environment, featuring birds, fish, water, and sky. The artist, Bill Burgard, lives in close proximity to the tower and is a lecture at the University of Michigan’s Stamps School of Art & Design.


The facelift and other repairs are scheduled to be complete by October 2016.

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