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Water tanks in NYC given an artistic treatment to raise awareness about the importance of clean water for all

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.

To get more information, check out their homepage or Facebook page.

NYC water tank art project
NYC water tank art project
NYC water tank art project
NYC water tank art project

About the author

Born and raised in the creative mecca Berlin, Mareike Muller worked her first professional years in advertising and design before she decided to apply for the citizenship of the world, leaving Berlin for Stockholm. Spending some years in fashionable capital of Sweden she continued her voyage via Barcelona to Buenos Aires, where she was living for almost two years, working as an artist agent spreading emerging art with her own agency The Eclectic Tomorrow. But, as stakes are high the search for the perfect place to live and work went on and brought her to vibrant Mexico City, where she´s relocating now continuing to broaden her scope, establishing her vision of spreading emerging art around the globe. When she´s not working, blogging or traveling around the world you’ll probably find her vintage clothing treasure hunting or sipping an Old Fashioned fantasizing about being a Mexican luchador’s wife and having some unicorns browsing in the backyard.