Germantown, Maryland: Earthoid: Earth Globe Water Storage TankFrom a distance, it looks like a mini-earth has touched down next to the freeway. Artist Peter Freudenberg came up with the design for the 100-ft. tall globe, painted in 1980.
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Went to see the water tank Saturday afternoon, however the tank is painted white at the moment. It looks like they are working on it, as there is a fence up and construction material around.[rhoda, 10/05/2011]
I've been passing by this globe for some time, never really realizing it was actually a water tank! After discovering its true identity on this web site, I figured I'd go take a look for myself and provide a clearer photo of the Earth replica -- including the sun for added effect![Nat Balsley, 04/27/2007]
For your "water tower collection": On the campus of Montgomery College, in Germantown, Maryland, a LARGE water tank/tower in the guise of a world globe. Easily visible from I-270 at State Route 118, it shows all the continents and oceans, covered with clouds and a tropical depression in mid-Atlantic.[James Lehman, 11/16/2003]
This suburban D.C. town is home to another giant globe. Look for this painted water tank near exit 15 on I-270. The top third is visible above the trees east of the freeway.[K. Ward, 09/10/2000]
Update: Photo taken in April 2004.