B.W.R. (Basic Water Requirements), 50 Liters – Charlotte NC, Seattle, Dickson TN
These pieces were continuations of the installation created in Potsdam, Germany in 2007. The three represented here are located at the Bank of America Plaza in Charlotte, North Carolina, the Renaissance Center in Dickson, Tennessee and the Vulcan Corporation headquarters in Seattle, Washington (a Storefront Seattle project). Each version changes with and responds to the new location.
There are up to 50 one-gallon glass bottles. Each bottle represents a different country and indicates the amount of water used per person per day in each country. One bottle represents 50 liters; the amount of water a person needs daily for basic human needs. The icehouses (or cast resin houses) and the built houses represent the domestic use of water around the world. Basic Water Requirements (BWR) refers to domestic water usage per person per day and includes water for: drinking, human hygiene, sanitation services and food preparation. It has been established that the Basic Water Requirement (BWR) per person is 50 liters of water each day for basic human needs. Unfortunately 20% of the world's population only uses around 5 liters each day. More than 1 billion people do not have access to clean drinking water and do not have access to the B. W. R. of 50 liters per day.
It is my intention to bring awareness about this global crisis through this piece. As a global community, we should guarantee that every person has access and the right to at least 50 liters of clean water everyday. (Most world organizations and agencies have adapted the Basic Water Requirements of 50 liters established by Peter H. Gleick of the Pacific Institute. The database from the World Resources Institute is the standard used by most organizations to calculate the liters per day per person on water usage. The data used in this project is based on this information.)