In the framework of the European Cultural Capital application of Győr the water tower in the Marcalváros part of the town has been renovated. The building was renovated as a result of a contemporary art project.
“The renovation of the water tower has reached the stage of exterior renovation, and we thought to do it in a creative manner. Győr has always had the courage to use contemporary art, and we wanted to create something valuable this time as well”, deputy mayor Ákos Radnóti said. He added that the repainting of the exterior surfaces of the water tower was done by artists, symbolizing the cultural diversity of the city, preparing for the city’s application for the European Cultural Capital position. The deputy mayor said the building might be equipped with exterior lighting as well.
The new exterior has abandoned the previously dominant grey-red colour, and with its dynamic and playful diversity has become a breath of fresh air in the city. The decoration of the industrial object in the city was a special project of the Győr International Artist Symposium, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The planning process was coordinated by Kossuth-award winner graphic designer and painter Dóra Maurer, after consulting several representatives of the new Hungarian avant-garde artist movement. Dóra Maurer thanked Bernadett Grászli, director of the Rómer Flóris Museum of Art and History that her student, painter Bertalan Varga was commissioned to carry out the plans and supervise the implementation. She also thanked the city that they support young, talented artists, and said that the industrial object has become an artistic work during the renovation. On the outer surfaces 4.5 tons of paint were used on the steel surface of 4700 square metres. The paint work took two months.