B.W.R. (BASIC WATER REQUIREMENTS), 50 Liters,
Renaissance Center, Dickson, TN
This piece is a continuation of the installation I created in Potsdam,
Germany in 2007, at the Bank of America Plaza in Charlotte, North Carolina
and the Twist Gallery in Nashville, Tennessee in 2008. Each version changes
with and responds to the new space of the gallery.
There are 49 one-gallon glass bottles. Each bottle represents a different
country and indicates the amount of water used per person per day in each
country. One bottle represents 50 liters; the amount of water a person needs
daily for basic human needs.
The icehouses and the built houses 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.)