Water Tower // Rachel Whiteread // 1998 // translucent resin & painted steel
When walking around NYC it is easy to spot numerous water towers resting on the atop buildings. It comes as no surprise then for artists to gain inspiration from these iconic New York City objects. British artist Rachel Whiteread did just that in her first public work in the US. Known for her casts in resin and plaster of everyday objects, Whiteread chose to create a resin constructed water tower for MoMA. Located on the roof, Whiteread’s work is only visible to people who look up whilst sitting in MoMA’s garden. By using resin, a clear substance, the “Water Tower’s” appearance changes to reflect the sky and the buildings that surround it.