Baltimore’s Water Wheel Featured in Ford Commercial

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Photo via Inhabitat
Photo via Inhabitat

Ford’s Everyday Heroes series celebrates, well, everyday heroes (who happen to drive Fords, of course). The most recent video honors John Kellett, the designer of Baltimore’s much-beloved trash-intercepting water wheel.

In the two-and-a-half minute spot, Kellett describes how the water wheel came to be, from its original inception on a cocktail napkin to its real-life implementation, complete with solar panels and smart phone controls. There are also some remarkably lovely shots of the Inner Harbor, so we’ll forgive the fact that they Baltimore is (of course, inevitably) lauded for its “quirkiness.”

In its first five months of existence, the water wheel has picked up 100 tons of trash and debris. That’s pretty incredible.



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