Click to Home

Go To Search
HomeVisit AllenLive in AllenDo Business in AllenDepartments and ServicesNews and EventsI Need To



Cisterna
Public Art Collection
Location: Montgomery Farm
1215 Old Bethany Road
Allen, TX 75013
Maps: Google | MapQuest | Bing | Yahoo!

Piece:  “Cisterna”Cisterna

Artist:  Brad Goldberg

Description:  Cisterna, becomes what the artist thinks of as a regionally specific, sustainable, multi-tasking work of sculpture which collects and stores surface runoff water from the surrounding watershed. The water is stored in an upper and lower pond separated by a sixty foot long limestone dam. Water is pumped up into the Cisterna and over its sides via power created by a 15 kilowatt wind turbine one hundred and thirty feet in the air. Energy created is net metered and grid tied to the local power utility creating a balance between the energy used by the pump and the energy created by the wind turbine.   A string of ponds downstream provide irrigation water for housing, and a tree farm. All of the materials used came from a 250-mile radius of the site and trees were transplanted from other areas of the farm

"Cisterna", constructed of regional limestone, is a water sculpture which collects and stores surface runoff water from the surrounding watershed. The water is stored in an upper and lower pond separated by a sixty foot long limestone dam. Water is pumped up into the "Cisterna" and over its sides via wind power generated by a 15 kilowatt wind turbine one hundred and thirty feet in the air. The energy created is net metered and grid tied to the local power utility creating a balance between the energy used by the pump and the energy created by the wind turbine. A string of ponds downstream provide irrigation water for area housing, a community garden and a tree farm. All materials for the project came from a 250-mile radius of the site and all trees were transplanted from other areas of the farm.

Materials:  Native Texas Lueders Limestone, Steel, 15KW Wind Turbine, Plantings, Lighting

Location:  Montgomery Farm

Date of Commission: 2006

Commissioned By:  Montgomery Farm


allen city hall photo