ECUA Water Tower

by Katie King |

It’s not every day you get to create larger-than-life artwork that will serve the community for decades. EW Bullock was honored to create artwork for the newly painted water tower alongside south I-110.

Here’s how it came about: In March 2021, Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA) officials asked the Pensacola community for ideas and suggestions in designing a new paint scheme for its water tank on Cervantes Street. After reviewing all the input received from the community and lengthy discussions at two public meetings, the ECUA Board finalized the image concepts. The ECUA then tasked EW Bullock to create a new Blue Angels design and concept that would incorporate the new F-18 Super Hornet jet and include “Home of the Blue Angels” in the trademarked colors and script.

We think it turned out pretty cool.


Tyler Dirksen, top, and his assistant Marco Hernandez, of Clearcreek Coatings, adds a Blue Angels painting to the newly renovated Emerald Coast Utilities Authority’s water tower at the corner of East Cervantes and North Hayne Streets in downtown Pensacola on Thursday, May 13, 2021.


During the last few weeks of May 2021, the designs began taking shape on the tower. The south side now features the Blue Angels design. The west side displays the aviator Wings of Gold with the accompanying text “Cradle of Naval Aviation” directly below it. Finally, the north side of the tower features “Welcome to Pensacola” in the City of Pensacola’s logo colors of aqua and light blue.

Click here for photos by PNJ photographer Gregg Pachkowski of the design coming to life as it was being hand-painted onto the tower.

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