Painted Cooling Towers of Soweto

Painted Cooling Towers of Soweto
Soweto : South Africa

Cooling towers are heat removal devices used to transfer process waste heat to the atmosphere. Cooling towers may either use the evaporation of water to remove process heat and cool the working fluid to near the wet-bulb air temperature or in the case of closed circuit dry cooling towers rely solely on air to cool the working fluid to near the dry-bulb air temperature. Common applications include cooling the circulating water used in oil refineries, chemical plants, power stations and building cooling.

From above description, we may assume that a cooling tower is totally a technical thing, a subject of engineer and technology lovers, but this simple tower can be an attractive and eye catching subject if it is a colorful and full of graffiti. Here is one of those colorful  Orlando COOLing tower from Soweto.

From Gregor Rohrig
These two towers were painted during the World Cup Soccer 2010. One of the sponsor of WC was First National Bank, it was their idea to color these two tallest structure of Soweto. One of the tower was painted for the FNB and the second one was painted with the south african cultural theme. It took ten painter to finish the work.7 of them are all qualified artists and 3 assistants. There were 2 on the ground to move the heavy 6m gondoliers across the towers the other assistant was up on the tower doing flat painting. Now these towers are using for the bungee jumping.
Take a look at these cooling towers before painting here.
Geotag and source: Google Map |see in: Bing Map
Address: Nicholas, Soweto, South Africa[Streetview]


Anonymous said...

really interesting photos! Thank you for posting them!
Have a nice day!

FaysaL said...

I am glad to know that you like these photos. Stay well

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