Archive for the 'Experiences' Category

World’s Tallest Water Sphere Interviews World’s Tallest Watersphere Band Splooge

Sunday, May 19th, 2019

Recently the “World’s Tallest Water Sphere” site had a chance to interview the band Splooge and director Peter Ventrella about the movie “One Step Back”, Splooge’s past albums, and new music. We also got the chance to hear their impressions about Union’s wonder of the world, the World’s Tallest Water Sphere. WTWS: Why did you […]

Rarely Seen View of WTWS

Thursday, May 2nd, 2019

Here is a rarely seen view of the World’s Tallest Water Sphere submitted by Adrienne Browne Dempsey on a recent site-seeing trip in Union. This is a view from Sayre Park which is wedged between Morris Avenue and Route 22 in the north east corner of Union. Eventually this west branch of the Elizabeth River, […]

William Clark Contributes a WTWS Portrait

Monday, April 8th, 2019

William Clark of Philadelphia contributes this digital painting (made in November 2017) of the World’s Tallest Water Sphere in Union, NJ. According to Clark: “My father-in-law would frequently pass the Union water tower with his two young daughters while living in Clark, New Jersey. One day, my now sister-in-law decided to utter her very first […]

New Jersey Band “Splooge” Celebrates World’s Tallest Water Sphere

Saturday, April 6th, 2019

Westfield, New Jersey band Splooge recently released an album titled “World’s Tallest Watersphere”. The album from 2018 is available on iTunes, Spotify, and other music sites. Although the “World’s Tallest Watersphere” album is very recent, the band has followed up quickly in 2019 with a full feature movie “One Step Back” (https://www.newjerseystage.com/articles/2019/02/23/one-step-back-the-rock-and-roll-odyssey-of-splooge/). More info on […]

Life Is Beautiful

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

Life Is Beautiful. Sometimes you plant seeds, and you watch them grow. Sometimes you reach out to friends, and you see many more answer your call. Our whole purpose on this site has been given back many-times in the emails, photos, stories, news articles, and connections we have made through your contributions. None has touched […]

A View from My Apartment

Sunday, April 9th, 2017

An anonymous author contributes this photo and writes: “I have attached a photo taken some time around 2005. It was a very low point in my life when I moved into an apartment. I laid down on the bed and realized my destiny or lack thereof when I saw our friend glaring in at me. […]

Falcon 9 and Dragon Launch

Saturday, February 18th, 2017

Today (2017-02-18), we watched the attempted launch of the Space X Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station. Unfortunately the mission was aborted at T minus 13 seconds due to some equipment anomalies. Shown in the photo is the rocket at the moment of launch abort. You can see the Florida […]

Union Watershed Boundary

Sunday, January 29th, 2017

Did you know that a rain drop landing near Hamilton School on Burnet Road in Union has two routes to get the Atlantic Ocean? This location in Union sits on a watershed boundary. That means that the rain drop might run off towards the west side of the road, in which case it will go […]

Northern New Jersey Drainage Basins

Monday, January 18th, 2016

Many New Jersey residents know towns, highways, and diners like the back of their hand. However, how many Jersayans can name the rivers or creeks of their local drainage basin (also known as a water shed). With so many rivers and streams heading to the Atlantic Ocean, I find it hard to believe that most […]

Rocket Destroyed, Water Tower Survived

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

This week on October 28th, 2014, an Antares rocket of the Orbital Sciences Corporation exploded on take-off at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The rocket malfunctioned and was purposely destroyed. This photo shows the burn marks on the launch pad and the adjacent water tower. We reported on the Wallops Island water tower […]

Some Intense Commentary

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Every once in a while there are some posts about the Union water tower that get me thinking about the intensity of thoughts and the enduring imprint of the World’s Tallest Water Sphere. This post is over two years old, but for this site, it is the first time we have read and commented on […]

Fear No Sphere

Sunday, January 12th, 2014

Our intrepid reporter Gina Signorella-Arlen sends in this report from December of 2013. “Like Big Brother from “1984,” the WTWS is always watching… This time its likeness popped up at Monster Golf in Union, NJ.” The artist is unknown, but if you find the name, please email, and we will update this article with the […]

Blue Sphere, Blue Sky

Monday, December 30th, 2013

Here is a view of the World’s Tallest Water Sphere on Christmas Day 2013. This was a partly cloudy day around 30 degrees. Look at those clouds! This photo show the grounds surrounding the WTWS from above. Notice the area is relatively clean and free of graffiti. The service buildings and asphalt looks in good […]

I Spy the Giant Eye

Friday, July 19th, 2013

Here is a recent contribution from one of our biggest fans, Gina Signorella-Arlen:

Austin Water Treatment Plant Tower

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

Here is a photo from November of 2009 of the dismantling and cleanup of the Austin Green Water Treatment Plant in Austin, TX. This photo looks south with Caesar Chavez Blvd. and Lady Bird Lake in the background. This water tower was a true water sphere. Not very tall, but notice the wonderful circularity of […]

The World’s Tallest Water Sphere in 2013

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

This photo shows an aerial shot of the WTWS from a Boeing 737 taking off from Newark Liberty airport at about 8:00 in the morning of 2012/12/30. The altitude is 2000 feet or so, looking south. A 2 to 3 inch covering of snow from the previous day lays on the ground. The sphere is […]

I’m Not So Easily Replaced

Monday, December 31st, 2012

Regular reader Gina Arlen contributes this World’s Tallest Water Sphere sighting. “As you can see from my December 2012 trip to New Jersey, the WTWS survived Hurricane Sandy, Election Season, and the Mayan Apocalypse.” This photo was taken on 2012/12/27. Indeed, the WTWS survives another tumultuous year. How true that the mighty WTWS can survive […]

Misshapen

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Here is an odd-shaped tower that was photographed on 2012/09/02. It is in the central Texas Hill Country on Ranch to Market Road 12 between Dripping Springs and Wimberley. The water tower has the name of its residential subdivision “Woodcreek”. The water tower is a very unique and odd shape. This site has often discussed […]

Water Tower Inspired Artworks

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Our congratulations go to reader and Austin resident Mike Merritt for his art opening at The Pump Project. The show ‘The Art of Ceramics, Glass, and Steel’ opens this Saturday, August 28th, 2010 at 7 p.m.. As you see, Mike makes beautiful sculptures and artwork, often inspired by water towers. This particular piece ‘Agent Water […]

WTWS Inspires Artist

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

Mike Merrit of Austin, Texas writes to share his passion for water towers. Not only does he photograph them, he also makes original models like the one shown here. This model is made from clay, steel and molded rubber. It bears a striking resemblance to the World’s Tallest Water Sphere, especially with the vibrant blue […]