Jun 28

Huntsville Utilities Water Tank to Feature Artistic New Look

A vibrant transformation is underway of the Huntsville Utilities water tank located at the corner of Pulaski Pike and Sparkman Drive. The industrial structure is now a canvas for a larger-than-life artwork titled Jubilation by prolific local artist “Float.”

Float’s approved concept art.

This project is the culmination of a collaboration between –

  • District 1 Councilmember Devyn Keith
  • Huntsville Utilities
  • City of Huntsville
  • Arts Huntsville.

Councilmember Keith, listening to concerns from residents about the appearance of the water tank and surrounding area, championed the initiative in early 2023. He envisioned not only beautifying the tank but also adding artistic value to the community.

The Pulaski Pike water tank was already scheduled for refurbishment by Huntsville Utilities in 2024, providing the perfect opportunity to incorporate public art into the project. At the urging of Councilmember Keith, Huntsville Utilities contracted with Arts Huntsville to integrate artwork into the renovation plan.

“This project is a fantastic example of how citizen engagement can lead to positive change,” said Councilmember Keith. “I’m thrilled that the water tank will be transformed into a work of art that embodies one of Huntsville’s public art goals – to add whimsy and delight to everyday spaces through artwork that lifts the spirits and engages the mind. This is just another example of the great things happening in Northwest Huntsville.”

Arts Huntsville, with guidance from the Huntsville Public Art Committee, played a critical role in selecting the artist. While Float’s initial proposal for a separate public art project at the nearby Shurney Center ultimately did not win top honors, it caught the eye of the selection committee with its joyful theme and focus on children.

“Float’s initial proposal for the Shurney Center resonated with the selection panel for its uplifting imagery,” said Allison Dillon-Jauken, Executive Director of Arts Huntsville. “Knowing his extensive experience with large-scale artworks, his vibrant style, and the existing enthusiasm for his original design, we were confident he could expand his design to bring Jubilation to life on the water tank.”

Jubilation will feature bold graphics of children leaping for joy against a backdrop of azure elements reminiscent of water and clouds. Float is not only an experienced artist, but also spent many years working with children as an educator, instructor, and mentor through various youth programs, including the Boys & Girls Club of North Alabama and Arts Huntsville’s Creative Launchpad.

“I am always moved by how children can throw themselves into joy so wholeheartedly and with the headfirst energy of youth,” said Float. “I have created this design to bring that simple idea to this larger-than-life canvas.”

Residents will see the progress on the project throughout summer 2024, and the artwork is expected to be completed by fall 2024, adding a vibrant splash of artistic energy to North Huntsville’s District 1 landscape. Huntsville Utilities will also upgrade the barrier walls around the tank, which will then be painted in a color scheme to compliment the completed artwork.

Huntsville Utilities is a not-for-profit, public utility owned by the City of Huntsville, Alabama, serving the residents of Huntsville and Madison County.

“At Huntsville Utilities, we take pride in delivering clean, reliable water to our community,” said Wes Kelley, CEO of Huntsville Utilities. “This project allows us to go beyond that core function and contribute to the vibrancy of our community. We’re excited to see Float’s design come to life and transform the water tank into a landmark that brings joy to residents and visitors alike.”


Note: ‘Jubilation’ and its progress is best viewed, at this time, by car. Upon completion, the mural can be enjoyed by both vehicular traffic and area pedestrians. Area residents and visitors can park at nearby Shurney Center and enjoy Daria Hammond’s ‘Sweet Dreams’ mural and walk along the south side of Sparkman to view ‘Jubilation’. 

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