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Morgan Surge Tank Artwork Approved by Cleveland Planning Commission


Driving along the Shoreway on Cleveland’s near west side will soon become a more artistic experience.

A final design that will be painted on Cleveland Water’s Garrett Morgan Surge Tank was approved today by the Cleveland City Planning Commission. Representatives from Cleveland Water, along with staff from LAND studio, presented artist Sam3’s design in a Friday morning meeting.

“This tank is an important part of Cleveland Water’s history and water treatment process,” said Jason Wood, Chief of Public Affairs for the Department of Public Utilities. “We want this artwork to turn it into a great asset for the community as well.”

Cleveland Water and LAND studio have been coordinating for over a year to bring this project to fruition. The art is being funded by a private donation, so no ratepayer money is being used for the painting of the art on the tank.

World-renowned artist Sam3 spent multiple days in Cleveland this January, meeting with community members, planning groups and interested parties as well as touring the Garrett A. Morgan Water Treatment Plant to gain input and inspiration for the design.

“Sam3 listened to the community during his January visit and captured their thoughts and our community’s strengths in his final design.” said Wood.

While he was not at the meeting, Sam3 provided a written comment about how the visit inspired his artwork. “The cycle of water is like the cycle of this tower: cylindrical, infinite,” Sam3 wrote. “The idea is purposefully simple: it is the idea of movement of the same figure: no man or woman, just a human being.”

Sam3 added that we all are water and should respect the environment as we respect our self.

While an exact timeline for painting the surge tank has not been set, painting will likely take place in late summer. The surge tank’s highly visible location along the West Shoreway, Lake Erie and to West Side neighborhoods, is expected to draw attention to the tank, which is part of the infrastructure Cleveland Water uses to deliver a reliable supply of safe drinking water.

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