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Our Tower Project - Call for Art

What's the first thing you notice when you approach a city? Do you look for the water tower?

Post Date:02/20/2017 7:45 am

While Moorhead Public Service is preparing to repaint its Oakport water tower simply with “Moorhead” on a blue background, they have also authorized Moorhead’s Arts and Culture Commission to help explore artistic designs and identify private and grant funding to cover additional costs.

Artists with a connection to Moorhead are invited to submit original, artistic design ideas that encompass the theme of "Life in Moorhead."  The contest is free to enter and open to anyone with a connection to Moorhead.  Deadline for submission is 12 noon on Monday, April 10, 2017

A downloadable template/entry form is available on the City website, as well as an online submission portal.  Visit:  for more information and access to the links.


Tentative Timeline:

 February 17
Launch Our Tower art contest
 April 10
Contest deadline
 April 11 thru May 10
Anonymous review of submittals, narrowing of finalists, cost analysis, MPS Commission review of submissions & approval of finalists and grant/fundraising
 May 15 thru June 7
If grant/fundraising is successful, community votes for  finalists
 June 13
MPS Commission announces winner
 August thru September              
Oakport water tower is repainted


    Media Contact:  Su Legatt -

    This project is inspired by Ann Arbor, Michigan’s “Art in the Sky” art contest which recently was awarded the 2016 TNEMEC Tank of the Year award for innovative water tower design. 




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