Water Talkers

Water Cubism

Come and see the fascinating cubic metre water installations in your locality. Artists have created sculptures that all have 1 cubic meter volume. There will be lots of information on water consumption to help us imagine how much water we use. The average person in the UK uses 150 litres a day so each installation is about a week’s worth for you. Come and see what that looks like!

 

Photo credit: Vlad G / Shutterstock.com

edited on Mar 31, 2015 by Chloe Booker

Janet Bradley Mar 31, 2015

I am a great fan of design... if something looks good, people will come and WANT to see it. If a design is good, they will not just look and say... "ok, been there and done that", they will take some time to stop and stare, and meditate on what they are seeing. They will then think through... even going away and considering what they have seen and wanting to go back.

Who gets bored of looking at the Eiffel Tower - it's an amazing structure with great design, that is one very simple, famous example.

So, I can see this working if we get really good designs. Particularly would like to see how different artists consider this concept. Would be great if you visited each one and saw how each were different, but still portrayed the same information.

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anita lewis Apr 3, 2015

I agree that this could be great with the right designers but worried it would end up being mediocre. 

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Janet Bradley Apr 4, 2015

Doesn't have to be mediocre if the person behind the concept ensures that the right artists are invited to apply

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Janet Bradley Apr 4, 2015

It would be quite a big feature if it's a week worth of water... 

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anita lewis Apr 4, 2015

They would be great talking points and everyone loves a water feature! 

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Janet Bradley Apr 4, 2015

I think we have mentioned previously that people have a real affinity to water because we are made upmof such a high percentage of water. This type of installation if done right, can be a real attraction, very relaxing and enjoyable to view and spend time doing so... At the same time being educational.

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Louis Allen Mar 31, 2015

lovely picture

 

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Louis Allen Mar 31, 2015

That would be a great centre peace for a city

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Janet Bradley Mar 31, 2015

I wonder if we had a map of all the water boards and then we could work up with some suggestions as to where best to locate these installations.

Cities are a good idea as its where more people will see them. I live 2 hours from my nearest city... Cardiff, Birmingham, Liverpool are all about the same distance from me. So, although cities would catch the most people, they don't catch everyone.

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Jim Samme Mar 31, 2015

One of the best I've seen is the middle of a roundabout. Easily seen from any approach and really stands out. It was a giant tap in full flow and there was no pipe to the tap so the water seemed to flow from the ground up into the tap. An interesting way of helping you to consider your water usage.

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mark burns Mar 31, 2015

would love to see one of these where we live in manchester, would definatley attract a crowd 

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Janet Bradley Apr 1, 2015

I wonder if the water boards would consider sponsoring Christmas lights in major cities, such as the ones in Oxford Street. The centre of each string could be the shape of a cubic metre in lights. When the lights are turned on, the message could be stressed in the interview.

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Steph Meachen Apr 1, 2015

Don't think this would work for me. as its a bit abstract.

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George Richardson Apr 3, 2015

 It would be good if every City hall,Town hall  or even Village hall had one fitted so people are constantly made aware of this most valuable of commodities which is so taken for granted. With all the information ChloeB suggested readily available,in what ever way suits each location.

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George Richardson Apr 4, 2015

Water displays could be made hypnotically beautiful through design,water transparency and fluidity.The patterns and designs that could be created from coloured lighting and colourants on a constantly changing  basis would be mesmeric  and impossible to ignore,and at some point must appear beautiful to everyone.

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Janet Bradley Apr 4, 2015

I liked the tap that had different designs in it. 

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Mary O'Connor Apr 4, 2015

I don't know if this idea would really help me. I would still find it hard to visualise the water used if it is in art form.

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Janet Bradley Apr 4, 2015

Maybe one of those things that they have to do one and see how the message is portrayed... Then work on more installations.

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George Richardson Apr 4, 2015

Unless where the exhibition and information are on show ,,they show the depicted amount of water, side by side in very well known recepticles from say A Mug through a pan to a bath. With plenty of information on cost and whatever else is relevant. The visit would be a total learning experience for every one attending. Word of mouth making it a must do thing. NO better advert.

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George Richardson Apr 4, 2015

The tap idea sounds brilliant,but question the wisdom of its location. Yes highly visible but has more than 50% of cars have only one occupant could be very distractive and given the stupid speed many approach roundabouts,could possibly lead to accidents and possible fatalities.  I wonder if H&S have seen this.

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Janet Bradley Apr 5, 2015

I did wonder the same thing... Though I do like art on roundabouts.

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Mary O'Connor Apr 5, 2015

I think it depends on if you can tell what the art on the roundabout is :-) I can't be doing with abstract art!

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Jim Samme Apr 5, 2015

The 'Tap' I saw was on a roundabout south of Ypres in Belgium. There are other nearby roundabouts with various distractions on them too. The locals are used to them and carry on driving as usual.

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Jim Samme Apr 5, 2015

http://uk.search.yahoo.com/search?fr=mcafee&a...p+on+roundabout

Sorry about the link but I can't find how to post pictures here. The link shows the taps, which are quite amazing.

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Janet Bradley Apr 5, 2015

Oh that is cool.... I like that.... could have showers as well as taps!! Great spot Jimn.

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Janet Bradley Apr 5, 2015

How about paper mâché sculptures from wet wipes and fat which use 1 cubic meter of this material... The sculptures could be beautiful... But at the same time explaining that hard blockages in our drains are blocked by similar material.... Ask those who view the sculptures- would you put this work of art down the drain? If not, don't put wipes or fat down the drain either.

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Mary O'Connor Apr 5, 2015

I think that it would be fun making them!

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anita lewis Apr 5, 2015

Think I will leave it to the experts!

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Janet Bradley Apr 5, 2015

Yep, I couldn't make one bambi... but I was sort of thinking it can highlight the issues through art.

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George Richardson Apr 5, 2015

What a conception that is ,wet wipes and fat,i certainly would not want that commission,but it would be an impressive and at the same time a shaming and frightful depiction of what peoples uncaring and unthinking          actions can lead to,in the sewer system we all rely on for our health and well being..

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George Richardson Apr 5, 2015

Jimn ,thanks for that enlightenment, and i can picture the installation from your wording. I bet it is quite stunning to see,but in this country it would need a much safer location. Everyday without fail i will see someone who does not no the basic rule. At a roundabout give way to traffic approaching from the right.  You will see them look left and pull out into approaching traffic,frightening.

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Janet Bradley Apr 5, 2015

Have you ever been on a roundabout in Belgium? I think it is probably safer in this country!!

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Jim Samme Apr 6, 2015

I've been visiting Belgium etc for 40 years and find the driving standard improves when I drive off the ferry. Drivers are better trained over there.

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Janet Bradley Apr 6, 2015

will take your word for it... I have driven more in France!

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Jim Samme Apr 6, 2015

Ah, Oui. French drivers, Trained but not tamed...Lol.

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Katie Walsh Apr 7, 2015

This post has quite a lot of votes - there's some debate about whether it would work on everyone  as a reminder to volumes use over a week. I love the concept of it, but I think it would have to come with a message attached, and not just be a pretty feature, wherever it was displayed.

 

 

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anita lewis Apr 7, 2015

Maybe they could come up with a snappy title for the art which would help convey the message

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Janet Bradley Apr 7, 2015

Yes, though I think messages in art form will attract a crowd that who will come for the art alone... so the message could be taken to a section of society who may have not have thought about such things.

I still like the idea of making sculptures out of wet wipes and fat paper mache!

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George Richardson Apr 7, 2015

I think this has been clearly stated,with leaflets and even small water museums near the exhibit.

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Kate Humpho Apr 8, 2015

not for me, i get the fact it's a cubic meter and that's the units by which water meter users are charged. I just don't think an installation would have had much impact on my pre water meter user self! I knew with every bath and subsequent top up I was bathing in first rate drinking water, and now as a water meter user, I am trying to educate myself and keep track of my usage, but I'm not in the habit of filling the bath or the paddling pool with gallons and gallons (or cubic meters for that matter!)

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