B.W.R. (BASIC WATER REQUIREMENTS), 50 Liters,
Twist Gallery, Nashville, TN
My piece for Twist Gallery is a continuation of the installation I created
in Potsdam, Germany in 2007 and now on display at the Bank of America Plaza
in Charlotte, North Carolina.
There will be 48 one-gallon glass bottles. They will be displayed on a
wooden shelf attached to the gallery walls. Each bottle represents a
different country and indicates the amount of water used per person per day
in each country.
There will be 14 small houses made of ice. The icehouses will melt each day.
The amount of water used to create the icehouses each day will be 50 liters.
The houses are to represent the domestic use of water around the world.
Basic Water Requirements (BWR) refers to domestic water usage per person per
day and includes water for: drinking, human hygiene, sanitation services and
food preparation. It has been established that the Basic Water Requirements
(BWR) per person is 50 liters of water each day for basic human needs.
Unfortunately 20% of the world's population only uses around 5 liters each
day. More than 1 billion people do not have access to clean drinking water
and do not have access to the
B. W. R. of 50 liters per day.
It is my intention to bring awareness about this global crisis through this
piece. As a global community, we should guarantee that every person has
access and the right to at least 50 liters of clean water everyday.
(Most world organizations and agencies have adapted the Basic Water
Requirements of 50 liters established by Peter H. Gleick of the Pacific
Institute. The database from the World Resources Institute is the standard
used by most organizations to calculate the liters per day per person on
water usage. The data used in this project is based on this information.)