Artist Creates The World's Largest Water Mosaic

If you like art that conveys a powerful message, you’ll want to raise a glass to Canadian artist Serge Belo. He has created what he claims is the world's largest water mosaic to raise awareness about the worldwide clean water crisis.
With 100 volunteers, Belo painstakingly built a monumental mosaic using 66,000 biodegradable plastic cups filled with 15,000 litres of rainwater. After placing the cups on the floor side by side, the team meticulously added 1kg of vegetable dye. The dye was carefully mixed to create an array of different shades of red, brown and orange to represent various kinds of dirty water full of impurities that can be found all over the planet. They knelt on skateboards to manoeuvre around the installation to make sure that they placed the cups in exactly the right order to get the correct finished effect of a fetus still in the womb. A wrongly placed cup would have destroyed the dramatic effect of the unusual piece of artwork, which covered 3,600 square feet. It took the team 62 hours to arrange the cups to show how impure water is in certain parts of the world. If placed end to end, the number of cups used would have stretched 5.2 km long.

Interdisciplinary Art

Artistic expression comes in many forms and nature has been an inspiration in art for many generations. Belo uses interdisciplinary art to combine different art techniques to make a statement and often draws inspiration from environmental issues. He used coloured rainwater to get his message across that water should be accessible to everyone. The ambitious project was commissioned by charity One Drop, which raises awareness about water scarcity. The large-scale image emphasises how vital it is to have clean, drinkable water to sustain life – even before birth – for every living person. Belo launched the artwork because of concern about the planet’s dwindling water supply and he wanted to make a bold statement to get his green message across to the general public.
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