“No Water In The Water Fountain…”









For this multifaceted Water Tank Project, we were to design artwork to wrap around water tanks all around Manhattan to promote awareness about water scarcity in other countries. Women in other countries walk an average of 4 miles each day in search of clean water. Once they find it, they are only able to carry an average of 5 gallons with them. Each water tank in Manhattan holds approximately 10,000 gallons of water, meaning it would take 2,000 people to fill just one water tank.

In my collage, I tried to portray the overwhelming sense of just how many people that is per tank. I chose the lyrics “No water in the water fountain, No side on the sidewalk” by Tune-Yards because it simply sums up these people’s lives. They don’t have a water fountain, much less a 10,000 gallon tank. Nor do they have a sidewalk. These people walk miles every day just to find water without the luxury of comfortable shoes or a nice paved sidewalk. I wanted to give the viewers a sense of perspective on the volume of people it takes to fill the tank, and the stark contrast between the reality of the hardships people face every day around the world just to have basic necessities, and how much we as Americans take even a hot shower for granted.

We were also to design a commemorative Swatch watch to go along with the campaign.