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Plumbum - A lead water crisis

Organized by: Mark Bleshenski

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Event Name: ArtPrize 2016

THE STORY:

Plumbum is the Latin word for lead because it was used in plumbing in ancient times. The elemental symbol for lead, Pb, is based on that word. The City of Flint's problems have been in the news for years, culminating recently in the tragic water crisis caused by a failure of government to protect it's citizens. All of us can sympathize with the horror of toxic water unknowingly entering our home and poisoning our families. My installation, called "Plumbum", is a collection of about 100 bottles and jars containing water. My goal is to have water from Flint faucets. The bottles are contorted and bent to represent the effects of the toxicity of the lead. They will be labeled with the results of actual tap water testing that was done on about 300 homes in December 2015 and will display the sample number, the ward, and the lead level of the first draw from those tests. Though it does not actually move, the piece has a visual kinetic property because all the bottles act as lenses, refracting light and causing motion inside them as one passes the work. Money received will help defer the costs of materials, special screen printing, and energy. Thank you in advance for your assistance. #FlintWaterCrisis #PlumbumArt

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