An Albany area roadside oddity soon will be no more. The King Fuels
oil tank in South Troy, which has been "winking" across the river to
motorists on Interstate 787 for years, is being demolished.
There is a picture of the tank on the main Times Union page at
http://www.timesunion.com but it will likely be there today only
(4/14/2004). (poz: I stole it) The complete story can be found at
without the picture.)
The King Fuels winking oil tank has an interesting story, not all of
which made it into the Times Union article. The original was rendered
by a somewhat talented (as well as acrobatic) graffiti artist who
painted an unusually seductive wink. A few years later, King Fuels
renovated the tank, adding the company logo but removing the graffiti
artist's work. The outcry from people who missed the wink was so
great that King Fuels painted it back, this time adding a pair of red
King Fuels, a marketer of home heating oil, used a photo of this tank
in its advertising with the slogan, "Put a smile in YOUR tank!"