For the month of June 2017, we took over the sinks in the bathrooms of 3LD Art + Technology Center, home of our Works on Water project, to connect one of our most common — and mindless — interactions with water to four current water-related threats from around the globe.

Visual artist Marianna de Nadal stands by one of interactive installations at Works on Water. Images by Marina McClure.

How often do we think about the effects of water-use in our daily lives? This was the question we wanted to pose to visitors of the Works on Water exhibition.

In collaboration with video artist Marianna de Nadal and creative technologist Frances Yuan Wang, we took inspiration from ongoing research of numerous water scientists including Deepti Singh, Terry Hughes, and Ben Cook, as well as activists like Robin Perkins of Greenpeace. The projections, for those who did not get to experience them, change when the faucet is turned on and water flows down the drain. They transform from beautiful scenery to reminders of the effects we humans have on our planet. Catch a glimpse of the experience below.

Our four interactive sink installations are:

CORAL BLEACHING | Great Barrier Reef, Australia

  • Record high ocean temperatures in 2015-16 caused the bleaching and death of hundreds of miles of coral in the world’s largest reef.

 

GROUNDWATER DEPLETION | California, USA

  • California’s reliance on pumping from groundwater reserves to help combat waves of drought has permanently shrunk the size and capacity of reserves to store water in the future.

 

AGRICULTURAL FLOODING | Punjab, India

  • Increased extreme rainfall during the monsoon season can be particularly devastating for rice farmers, who historically have relied on a single crop for their livelihood.

 

RIVER POLLUTION | Rio Santiago Lerma, Mexico

  • Decades of unregulated chemical dumping have made Mexico’s second-longest river unfit for swimming or drinking and, in some places, covered with clouds of foul-smelling foam.