[ISEA2012] Artist Statement: Marc Böhlen – WaterBar

Artist Statement

WaterBar is a public water-well deigned for the post-sustainability age, when clean water is simply not good enough. It includes quartz-rich granite from Inada by Fukushima, home of the latest devastating high-tech catastrophe; sandstone from La Verna, Italy, where Saint Francis cared for the poor; marble from Thassos, Greece, the beginning and end of democrary; and limestone from Jerusalem/Hebron, Israel, source of eternal conflict and shared hopes. An algorithm mixes these remineralized waters in proportion to the intensity of related problems found in pertinent real-time news.