Starting in 2017, the city of Moorhead, MN began the repainting of three water towers, and the design of a fourth (to be built in 2020). After much persuasion, Moorhead Public Service, the public utility responsible for the tower, agreed to a public call for art for the first tower in the Oakport neighborhood. This tiny tower far north of time had a complicated history and residents living only a few feet from its base.
The community- driven design process started with online surveys and open houses for all residents to express their opinions on what should be on the tower. This feedback, and valuable insight, inspired the public call for art, resulting in seven proposed designs. Two designs quickly went to the top of the pile and the two designers agreed to collaborate. Jack Lunde and Stephen Dorsey created a unique design that not only celebrates local history and identity but creative talent.
After the success of Oakport, Jack and Stephen were invited to work together again to create a design for the Woodlawn neighborhood tower. This design, again inspired by community input, was overseen by a committee of community members and city and utility staff.
Su Legatt worked closely with these community members, MPS staff, creatives, engineers, and the press to ensure that all voices were heard and respected, and projects came in on time and on budget.