These structures designed for storing water are generally placed at a geographical high point to allow the water to be distributed under pressure. The majority of them are made of concrete blocks which hardly gives these imposing buildings any aesthetic appeal.
For some years now a new art form has been developed which consists of painting a mural or trompe l’oeil on these structures thus rendering them more pleasing to the eye. The artists, suspended on a rope, work several metres up in the air so as to give back a kind of second soul to these structures.
On the road towards Carcans-Maubuisson Lake, at a place called Le Pouch, one of them became, some years ago, the canvas of the artist Mr Lecoq, who painted it with an aerial view of the region with pine trees, birds and a cyclist.
Perhaps this is an idea to consider for the rest of the water towers in the Médoc ….
2018 Xavier Naboulet (Macau), translation: Richard Beasley