The Perfect Pasture A Public Water Tank Mural for Everyone
Just 5 miles south of the Canadian-USA border, the quaint town of Lynden, Washington is famous for its Dutch heritage, fairgrounds, and now, an eye-catching landscape mural called “The Perfect Pasture” by Peter and Rolf Goetzinger. The public water tank mural acknowledges the Northwest Washington Fair held in the town every year. Just like the fair itself, the painting beckons to passersby, giving the town an even more inviting demeanor.
The cultural value of water tank murals is recognized throughout America, as more and more towns and utilities companies are teaming up with artists like the Goetzinger brothers to make magic happen. The Lynden, Washington public landscape mural focuses on what the town prides itself on—its fair and the enchanting nature that surrounds. This brings the town together and can also show how a water company is truly invested into a town’s well-being.
“They [water tanks] serve a great purpose to the community because they provide water storage. But to go that extra mile — and many utilities are doing this now — to put either some graphic or some mural work on it, or maybe even the town’s name on it or something, that really creates good public relations between the utility and the public.” –Peter Goetzinger-
The particular success of “The Perfect Pasture” derives from the superior technical abilities of Peter and Rolf Goetzinger. Having years of experience under their belt and numerous awards to their name, including the recent Tnemac 2018 “Tank of the Year” award, they make the extraordinary challenge of working on such a large scale look easy. In this public water tank mural, the long lines of crops lead the eye to a majestic mountain. The hazy appearance of its foothills is a perspectival effect that adds depth, just like the shadows on the trees.
“When you view foliage close-up, it’s growing everywhere, so we try to make our murals as natural as possible without it appearing manicured. We also are able to create a dimensional appearance by painting shadows on tree trunks and highlighting branches and limbs.” –Rolf Goetzinger-
The beauty of the Goetzinger brothers’ nature scenes comes from their appreciation for the natural world and sensitivity to its details. All art in public places should take into account what makes a place memorable. It could be a historical event, a special trait of the people, or just a distinct ambiance. In the Lynden public water tank mural, the serenity of nature is put at the forefront, with the Northwest Washington Fair represented textually. These two elements are so integral to the town’s image and are part of its pulse. With the completion of the iconic mural, this hard to define character was represented visually. In the end though, the most important thing is how it simply brightens up the day of everyone who passes.