Saturday, December 6, 2008


A reader from England noted that water storage tanks in his neighborhood were just big, round grey drab concrete structures. Here in Valencia County -and more and more throughout America- communities are beginning to realize that these structures offer a perfect signboard to advertise their community's virtues, products or sports teams.

These two tanks sit alongside busy Interstate Highway 25 on a high rocky outcrop overlooking the Isleta Indian Pueblo, and can be seen for miles. One bears a traditional Navajo Indian design. The other one used to be decorated, but it looks like they are planning to repaint it. There are other decorated water tanks in the county and perhaps in a month or so I can photograph them.

What do the tanks in your area look like?

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