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The tower is located outside the forest town of Kerava, Finland.  Water towers are usually seen as purely utilitarian objects, unwelcome but necessary monumental additions to the landscape.  This is an attempt to change an existing object to one that is less obtrusive.

The location of the existing tower, at the convergence of several highways, is an opportunity to place a spiral form that rotates when seen from a moving car, and whose rate of rotation changes with the changing speed and trajectory of the car.  The tower in fact is a static spiral that appears kinetic.  Moreover, the upside down spiral evokes, or expresses, the downward movement of water.  The tower changes from solid to transparent along its edges as it revolves.  Behind the striated, spiraling shadows of its wooden louvers sits the actual concrete water tank and heavy structure.  The organicity of wood connects the tower to the living forest.  Not to be discounted is the role such an elemental form plays in our subconscious memory and mythic imagination.  The presence of a liquid sentinel on the edge of a forest would be far more meaningful and interesting than a merely utilitarian water tank.

 

 

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