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Ann Arbor | Detroit, MI

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Water Pavilion

The POP-X pavilion is made up of one wall communicating two different situations. The first plays host to an aggregate of water balloons, an icon of summertime fun and a momentarily expendable resource are a jovial depiction of fortunate stability and care-free living. In contrast,  comprised of almost identical quantities and materials hosts an aggregate of emergency water rations. These bags of water are life sustaining, and are how many have to relate to water in their day-to-day lives. A back-drop to the public activities of the plaza, the juxtaposition of vessels will offer up a moment of reflection, contemplation, and the possible spark of discourse amongst guests.

As an installation, the colorful wall injects shade, visual screening, and a playful collection of objects into Liberty Plaza. The aggregate quality of materials will also allow for possible surprising transformations throughout the week. Will some objects disappear to quench someone’s thirst, or possibly for a spontaneous balloon fight in a public space?

The socio-economic reality of Michigan in the previous decades has frequently manifested in crisis revolving around water. While the media coverage of these emergencies makes them apparent to us all, the discrete hazardous conditions which impact certain people’s daily lives are all but ubiquitous. More often than not, communities that are already economically distressed are getting the short end of the stick. Conditions that plague the so-called “third world” are being experienced right here in Michigan.

Recently, the water crisis in Flint, MI has led us as a state to face the challenges associated with disparities in water quality and access. Corrosive water from the Flint River was pumped through the city’s water lines causing lead and other toxins to be swept into the drinking supply. Residents were/are being required to filter their drinking water extensively and many were relegated to using bottled or pre-packaged emergency rations for a source of potable water.

 
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Status: Built
Location: Ann Arbor, MI, US
Firm Role: Design and Fabrication