The Shrinking Availability of Clean Water
Using clear plastic, recycled water bottle caps to represent the number of people who die every day from preventable, water-related diseases, 13,699 is a sculpture that invites contemplation. After a year and a half of community gatherings, 13,699 came together as a dramatic visual and interactive representation of the mortal consequences of water’s shrinking availability. At the same time, this piece connects consumer habits to the havoc wreaked on the environment by plastic waste.
Now, 13,699 serves as an exhibition focal point for additional creative and educational events such as talks, readings, dance and musical performances, as well as fine art and video.
“I have never seen an opening like that at the gallery, ever. I think part of the opening’s success is the fact that the subject of your installation touches us all, whether we are aware of it or not, and whether or not we want to admit it. It comes from the heart. There was hope in the room last night.”
Terry Heinzmann, Board Member, Sharon Arts Center