Lead and Copper Corrosion tests via Artist Land Survey
Organized by: Jacklyn Brickman
Event Name: ArtPrize 2016
In the wake of the Flint water crisis, we are told our Michigan city water is not problematic but without a significant amount of monitoring, we can’t be certain. Even if the water source is adequate, individual pipes may not be. My project empowers people who participate in my survey during ArtPrize with the option of testing their home water source for lead and copper corrosion. Participants may purchase a subsidized $6 test (full cost is $26/e). Samples are sent by participants to the MDEQ Drinking Water Lab. Results are communicated directly to the health department, the participant and myself for data formulation into art work. $26 may be a cost prohibitive amount to many and although anyone can order a test kit from the DEQ, it takes a bit of digging to find out how. Offering them at ArtPrize both draws awareness to our local environment and makes an important resource more readily available. Raising $1,000 will enable me to distribute 50 Drinking Water tests. w|edge folk:land Survey Project is a multifaceted mobile art installation designed to incite social engagement acting on the premise that the health of our land is a direct reflection of us folk who inhabit it. The goal of “w|edge” is to provoke dialogue about environmental and social interest concerning sustainability via survey and art making methods through: 1) Written surveys regarding participant’s relationship with the area and that of their home. 2) Participants assist me in a artful land survey by obtaining data using measurements, observations and tests including soil, water (pH), light and sound which is processed into drawings on location by myself and participants. 3) Pending funding, w|edge will provide lead and copper corrosion water quality tests using the DEQ Lab.