Water Talkers

Poppies - the Big Project

by
Katie Walsh
Katie Walsh | Mar 20, 2015 | in Water Aware

This is a place to catch all your Big Project ideas to raise water awareness.

So, you know how the poppies at the Tower of London went super ballistic crazy? And somehow found a way to speak of the sadness and poignancy of WW1 using a very big concept. Which attracted 1Million viewers?  Now, I don't think the Tower of London would have envisaged it being quite so successful, but it proved that you can catch people's imagination with a startling and amazing project.

What are your big project ideas for something big to turn heads and get people thinking about saving water? Please post your ideas below as comments and we can vote on the comments in the coming week.

 

Louis Allen Mar 20, 2015

that was a beautiful day what a sight too, maybe erecting a huge water fountain with lots of water saving facts around it that people could learn.

mark burns Mar 20, 2015

maybe setting activities up in the middle of piccadilly gardens would attract a lot of attention especially for families on a day out !!!

Louis Allen Mar 21, 2015

very true burttt there are some great place in london to show off the beauty of water

Katie Walsh Mar 21, 2015

Definitely doesn't have to be London - OK as we're doing mad blue sky thinking here... what about building a modern version of one of these amazing stepwells here in the UK somewhere. http://twistedsifter.com/2012/12/chand-baori-stepwell-india/  bathing, water education etc - would need a roof probably!

Janet Bradley Mar 24, 2015

wow! they are amazing... beautiful.

Andrew O'Connor Mar 21, 2015

having some sort of information tour bus that stops off in each of the big cities in the UK would be good and they could have fun activities that are interactive for the kids to make it interesting!

Louis Allen Mar 21, 2015

It could be anywhere in the world for people to see, I love the link KatieW never seen so many steps in one place

George Richardson Mar 21, 2015

Looks like Chatsworth House,in Derbyshire. The seat of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.Joking of course,if only it were. Magnificent Construction and something along those lines in the vacinity of the geographical centre of Great Britain,making it accessible for all.

Katie Walsh Mar 21, 2015

nice one - water has carved out some lovely natural things in Derbyshire!

Louis Allen Mar 24, 2015

sounds nice in derbyshire

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George Richardson Mar 22, 2015

You should come up and see us some time.  The one ,the watersteps at Chatsworth are man made.

Katie Walsh Mar 22, 2015

Oh  I have - I know just what you mean - Chatsworth is fantastic - I meant the Wye Valley etc. and and the caves. I think you've picked the perfect place.

Katie Walsh Mar 22, 2015

The next big pumping station (or treatment works or whatever this makes the most sense for) to be built, especially if it's by a road - to be as transparent as possible - so anyone passing can see right in - all glass walls, and as much see through-ness in the pumps and pipes and whatnot without being impractical.  Water messages etched in the glass. Let's see the work and effort it takes to have our water on tap.

George Richardson Mar 22, 2015

Thans for that Katie, high praise from the font of all knowledge.

George Richardson Mar 22, 2015

That is a superb idea Katie.  Halleluyah,It woulld make an impression and it should  enduring,after being so inspired.

Katie Walsh Mar 22, 2015

Ok here's another thought (would love to read your big ideas too everyone) might be hard to achieve, suggest not permanent, take a biggish river, somewhere in the middle of where there are people, and make an art installation which stops the river dead with a glass wall cutting through it, exposing the river bed for, say 25meters, then another glass wall and the river resumes. Like a magic trick to make you think about the consequences of taking all the water we do out of rivers. 

(the water, fish, etc would be taken by large underground pipes to join the river again.)

It would be very eerie, and make you think and a tourist attraction for as long as it lasted.

Louis Allen Mar 24, 2015

oooh thats very progressive thinking KatieW

George Richardson Mar 22, 2015

You really are churning the old grey matter,this being not only inspired in conception,superbly explained in the construct to make it easy to visualise and more to the point doable.. A modern day version of the parting of the Red Sea. I know a wee while ago i mentioned the twelve disciples,but i did not expect you to go for a Halo.  Brilliant KatieW,how does anyone improve on that.

Janet Bradley Mar 24, 2015

You know cascading champagne bottles with the top glass being filled, overflows and the overflow fills the glasses below.

Would be great to build an installation like this with each "glass" being a miniature water butt (made in green clear glass).

To get the water to cascade every person who visits has to make a pledge to reduce their water intake.

The areas of the UK where there are the biggest likelihood of droughts occurring, and serious water issues is places like London - it's where most of the fat berg stories seem to come from, the highest likelihood of a hosepipe ban etc, so I would like to see the art installation there... for the simple reason, the biggest impact needs to be made in London

Katie Walsh Mar 24, 2015

nice - you've inspired another London idea see below

George Richardson Mar 24, 2015

The cascade is great and could be made monumental  [Perhaps a different colour at each level ] but if it relied on pledges,true pledges,to cut water uses i do not think it would cascade long,and like a bottle of champers would soon be empty.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Janet Bradley Mar 25, 2015

That was just one suggestion... I am sure there would be ways of keeping it flowing!

Katie Walsh Mar 24, 2015

Inspired by aster1x - an urban waterfall, the tallest waterfall in Europe, but it's man made and cascades down the side of new really tall specially designed London skyscraper. (cascade of fine mist, mini rainbows etc.)  Into a pool. And gets recycled up again to the top (solar pump)- so actually there's only the same water in it as say half a swimming pool. If we called it The Angel Falls London - Anthony Gormley could do one of his angel sculptures as part of it.  You probably would get a bit wet on a windy day but that would be part of the fun.

PS  the building could have glass lifts going up and down under/through the cascade, and while your in the lift, you hear water facts and why to save water.

Janet Bradley Mar 25, 2015

Love the concept. I can't remember where I saw it, but I have see a water feature attached to a building... Not that high, but still really effective. 

Janet Bradley Mar 25, 2015

Look at this photo

http://www.panoramio.com/photo/19063087

It looks great doesn't it!

Louis Allen Mar 25, 2015

very nice photo indeed

Katie Walsh Mar 25, 2015

oooo - nice, thanks

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George Richardson Mar 25, 2015

Think you would lose a lot of water through spray drift and evaporation but could easily be replaced,most of the rest going back to clouds.I must say however it is a brilliant conception and would add beauty to the view for miles.Can you picture it from the top of Highgate on a bright summers day.

Janet Bradley Mar 25, 2015

Picture a wall of glass boxes, 10 across, 10 down. Each box is linked to its neighbouring box so that water can flow from one to another. To get water between each box, a sliding piece of glass has to slide out to enable flow. 

My my idea is that if people are not interested in water saving, it just flows down one side, doesn't move across. In which case, these glass boxes are not lit, and the water just goes down the toilet so to speak.

however, as people get more interested in water conservation, etc, glass boxes to the side get lit up, water starts flowing through them and down, and little cogs or water features are revealed to be in some of the boxes and you start seeing action.

i perceive this as being part of a museum, and that the interest in water conservation etc is revealed by personal interaction within the museum.

the exhibit is "reset to zero" each morning.

George Richardson Mar 25, 2015

Perhaps that is another idea that should be user, A BRITISH WATER MUSEUM. Everything Good or Bad Could be displayed hear.

Janet Bradley Mar 25, 2015

Look what I found - a water and steam museum in Brentford - I rather fancy going here!

http://www.waterandsteam.org.uk/

Janet Bradley Mar 25, 2015

Though, I would prefer a more central location for a wall of water, or any other artistic water related projected.... the poppies worked as they were in a real tourist location...

Louis Allen Mar 25, 2015

That looks great lots of fun to be had

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Janet Bradley Mar 25, 2015

I was thinking... Greenwich would be a great location for a really fancy Nilometer

George Richardson Mar 26, 2015

Good choice.

George Richardson Mar 26, 2015

Noah'.s Ark. When God decided to punish man he did it with Rain-Rain-Rain.Forty Days and Forty Nights   of Rain. However before  he flooded the land he asked Noah to build an ark to save mankind and beast from extinction,as we all know. SO Water destroyed the masses,but Water also saved life. Long preamble i know but bare with me.-------------------THE ARK.---300 Cubit along-30 Wide-50 High.---------------A Cubit,ancient measurement based on the length between the Elbow and the tip of the middle finger [18 to 22 inches,] So if we take Noah as a strapping man lets call it 22 inches.-----------------------------------------------------------To nearest yard.----183  a long---18 wide---30 high----Quite a large construct,but powerful imagery.        My idea is on a large body of water,existing or to be purpose built,build and float a full sized Ark [Or Scaled down if absolutely necessary ] Which could be fitted out with either live or modeled animals Giving and being the centre piece of a Water park representing the giving and sustaining of life by WATER,

Janet Bradley Mar 26, 2015

Can't remember where I mentioned it... but I understand the size of Noah's ark is roughly the size of the British Museum - it's big, monumental and you can't miss it!!

It would be an amazing feature.

I wonder though if atheists and agnostics, etc, would feel it was a Bible thing and would therefore avoid it... need to ensure that ideas are all encompassing.

Though there are flood traditions in all major religions.. including Hinduism.

Katie Walsh Mar 26, 2015

Really like this idea George - there's something quite climate change education about it too.

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George Richardson Mar 26, 2015

Hear what you are saying,aster1x but still live in Britain,where all faiths are welcome,but we are still a Christian country so we should not have to run from our tradition. Christians in many other countries are running scared but please not hear.

Janet Bradley Mar 26, 2015

Sorry George, not trying to make this about religion, that is not what this site is about. I was more thinking is there a way of making it more all encompassing? It's a great concept.

Janet Bradley Mar 26, 2015

Thinking about the aspect of climate change, was thinking about the Eden project. Was thinking, i wonder what each of the domes would look like inside if water was removed...I was sort of thinking about climate change zones.

George Richardson Mar 26, 2015

Did not think you were,but many huge visiting sites all over the world are what they are,and accepted as such by everybody.   HOW DOES IT GO You can please some of the people all of the time,and some of the people some ,of the time but you can't please all of the people all of the time. and of course no one ever had to.                     Had a lovely time at two of my schools today . Secondary school junior awards,brill. Last night Senior Awards with many coming back from uni,to collect them Inspiring. then earlier this afternoon a Primary where year five had a market,filled with cakes bun ,mug painting etc,all their own conception presentation and sales technique based on THE APPRENTICE. AND IN TWO HOURS RAISED WELL OVER £600 FOR R.N.L.I. Thrilling and the kids were buzzing   Now i KNOW THAT IS COMPLETELY OFF PISTE but thought i would let you know our youth are alive and well and far ahead of all the detractors in the media and other places,were when they were that age.

George Richardson Mar 26, 2015

I THINK THAT WOULD REQUIRE ADDITIONAL DOMES OR EVEN A NEW SITE HAS WHAT THEY HAVE IS BRILLIANT/

Janet Bradley Mar 26, 2015

Was actually thinking either holographic images at Eden project, requiring no extra space, or an entirely new building somewhere else in th UK. Please don't use capitals George, I feel like you are shouting at me.

George Richardson Mar 27, 2015

Sorry about the capitals i just forgot to depress the key and was rushing to get out.Holographic imaging a superb idea,otherwise i agree on an extra site for very clever ideas.

George Richardson Mar 27, 2015

I never shout at anyone aster1x,not in my nature.Once again sorry,quite annoyed with myself.

Janet Bradley Mar 27, 2015

Its ok.... I am trying to fight the flu at the moment.. my husband is down with it.... I had a headache when I read your comment last night... wasn't the best moment! :-) I feel a bit better today.

George Richardson Mar 27, 2015

Really sorry to hear that,i really hope you manage through the weekend and perhaps by midweek next week you both will be over it. Flu is really nasty,nearly took me in my mid forties.Get well soon.xx

Janet Bradley Mar 27, 2015

Thanks, I going up and down, I have a cold, not flu really. It's very nasty flu this year, hubby can hardly get out of bed.

Janet Bradley Mar 28, 2015

I spent large parts of last night lying awake coughing.... had to think about something, so thought about possible projects.

1. When I went to Iceland I visited Geysir - yes, and there are geysers there! The one that erupted the most frequently - Strokkur - erupts very 4-8m and up to 40m high.... I could quite happily spend all day standing there watching it - absolutely fascinating event as there is this big bubble that is created first, that then erupts.... the water is boiling, but cools quickly in the cold air.

So, I got to thinking... you can create artificial geysirs... one in London would be great... not to erupt at defined times, but to erupt randomly.... really is amazing to see and would attract crowds.

Janet Bradley Mar 28, 2015

2. A series of fountains which go up and down in time to music... music which has been specially composed to highlight water, its need to be saved, etc.

Would put this inside a London park

George Richardson Mar 28, 2015

What about Handles Water Music.

Janet Bradley Mar 28, 2015

Maybe... Or to make it special to music which has specially been composed as a result of a competition, thus creating greater advertising for the project.

George Richardson Mar 29, 2015

I only wish i had that ability, if it ever happens  just think how marvellous it would br for some great musical talent to help save water and the world,

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