To raise awareness among the general public about the global clean water crisis, the artist Belo created a water mosaic composed of 66,000 cups of colored rainwater. It’s name: 66,000 – A Water Mosaic With A Cause.
The colors of the water used in the image simulated levels of impurities found in water all over the planet. This major work of 3,600 square feet, representing a fetus in the maternal womb, emphasizes the necessity of water, even before birth, for each living person.
Serge Belo experienced first-hand the harsh reality of a lack of water when he owned a horticultural company. In 2001, a 36-day drought damaged so many of his plants that Belo was no longer able to live off the land. Ten years later, he learned some staggering facts about water shortages. This inspired him to do something to raise awareness about the global water crisis.
The global water crisis is one of the most pressing issues of the 21st century, with more than 1.2 billion people lacking access to clean drinking water. Every 20 seconds, a child dies somewhere on the planet because of lack of access to safe water and sanitation. (source)
In the water mosaic, Belo used 66,000 compostable and biodegradable cups, 15,000 liters of colored rainwater, and 1 kg of vegetable dye. More than 100 volunteers put in 62 hours of work. If placed end to end, the 66,000 cups would measure 5.2 km long, which is close to the average distance that women in Africa and Asia walk to collect water each day.
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