For most of us, clean, drinkable water is something so natural, and almost boring, that we take it for granted. But for many many people it’s not. Filmmaker Mary Jordan had her own painful experience while she was in Ethiopia in 2007 working on a documentary. She almost died from the contaminated water and promised the women who nursed her back to health, that she will help.
With the support of over 100 artists, among them famous ones like Ed Ruscha, Olaf Hayek, Jeff Koons and Barry McGee, this part-art exhibition, part-awareness campaign called The Water Tank Project has come to life. Launched this summer in New York City, around 17,000 water tanks are used as canvas for urban art to remind people of how important clean water is.
The art project is accompanied by talks, public tours and educational programs to spread the word about the importance of helping fight the global water crisis. The next step will be to expand this project into other cities around the world.