Water Blog

November 03, 2003
Water Exploratoriums in Oregon, Public Art in Beijing


Water Exploratoriums in Portland, Oregon
In September, Urban Water Works presented two Water Exploratoriums to kick off schoolyard water garden projects at Astor Elementary School and Bridger Elementary School. Over 500 enthusiastic students, teachers and parents attended the hands-on family events. The goal was to give families an experience of water as an artistic medium as part of the design process. They learned about water’s wide range of qualities, from form and permeability, to sound, reflection, and surface tension.

Urban Water Works is working with both schools over the coming year to develop artistic and educational stormwater treatment gardens. The gardens will become living labs, increase biodiversity, replenish groundwater and keep stormwater out of the combined sewer overflow system. For more information contact Project Manager Erin Middleton erinm@urbanwaterworks.org

Beijing group goes public with art
In October, Beijing Keepers of the Waters presented ".03% Water," a public art event to emphasize how little water there is available for people in China. Seven artists did multi-media pieces on an island in Ho Hai Lake. Ho Hai Lake has been used for more than 500 years and is a famous swimming hole used all year round, including winter.

Some highlights:

A dance piece using 100 empty cups and one small bottle of water,
Golf, a floating island of golf holes to show how golf is a major contributor to water pollution.
An airplane emergency landing image superimposed over water feedback created by a person swimming.
An image of a single fish swimming contrasted with images of highways.

Artists Wang Peng, Shi Qing, Rania, Zhang Nian, Chao Liang and Wang Wei planned this event and produced a catalogue. It was sponsored by Sinosphere, Keepers of the Waters, Zhang Nian Studio, and the Beijing Yinchu Zhiye Corporation.

Erdao River clean up in November
Beijing Keepers of the Waters has also teamed up with Roots and Shoots, an international org. founded by Jane Goodall, the Rotary Club and the Beijing Water Bureau to organize a clean-up of Erdao River, a small tributary to the Wen Yu River. They will install a series of filtering systems and wetlands, which will help to clean the Erdao. The Wen Yu River is a very polluted river that runs around Beijing from NW to SE. Many of the buildings that house the expatriate community border this river. For more information contact Betsy Damon bdamon7367@aol.com

Beijing Wetland Restoration Project
Betsy Damon has also been working with the Beijing Water Bureau on a large Wetland restoration project located in the Shuyi district of Beijing. The master plan calls for an analysis of the drainage in and out of the wetlands, including four villages. The challenge was to consider how to design the area for preservation, land use, wetlands protection, and to improve the villages economically. The design will include wetland restoration, environmental education, and a biological wastewater treatment system.


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