Our friends at MSD challenged us to reimagine what the pump station could be. With such a high-profile location, we had the opportunity to do something special. All we had to do was stop looking at the building as boring bricks and mortar – and start looking at it as a canvas.
As we began coming up with ideas for a mural, we asked ourselves: What can we do that will add to the vibrancy and culture of the area, advance the MSD mission and brand – and stand on its own as a delightful piece of urban art?
With the help of a local muralist, we brought the once-gray box to life with a vivid, two-story, four-sided mural covering the entire pump station.
The design tells the story of nature’s beauty – and importance of preserving it, which is core to MSD’s vision of providing safe, clean waterways. The first level features the river, while the next shows how the land – and animals – benefit from it.
The centerpiece is a mosaic of shimmering tiles representing the majesty of water. And every night at sunset, it treats passersby to a sunlit display nothing short of stunning.