Friday, July 22, 2005

File Under: Huge Idiot

An artist in England has taken it upon himself to raise awareness about people wasting water by letting it run down the drain unnecessarily. Not a terrible thing to remember. Guess how this guy is raising awareness. You guessed it...He has created an "art exhibit" called "The Running Tap". All it is, is a running faucet that he plans to let run unnecessarily for an entire year. If he successfully finishes the exhibit it will waste 3.9 million gallons of water. This is the driest year on record in London since 1976.

Here's the story..

Gushing Faucet Could Land Artist in Court

Mark McGowan went into the tiny backroom kitchen of a south London gallery three weeks ago and flipped on the cold water. He didn't turn it off, and doesn't plan to for an entire year.

"The Running Tap," as it's called, is McGowan's effort to protest against wasted water in London by blatantly letting it go down the drain.

"When you've got the tap on at home, you don't think about it. That's why this is art, because it makes people consider it," the environmentalist said.

The gushing faucet is an expensive exhibition that could waste about 3.9 million gallons of water. It could also land McGowan in a legal battle with Thames Water, the utility company. The circular sink has already swallowed about 193,000 gallons of water during a season declared the driest in London since 1976.

The project has outraged Thames Water, which said it could cost about $23,320 if the faucet runs for 365 days. The water company pleaded with McGowan to close the tap, but in vain.Full Story

Isn't that kind of like sleeping with a heroin addict that uses dirty needles to raise AIDS awareness? I'm at a loss on this one.


metromode said...

man i love modern art. makes me wonder how we survived for so long with 'tired' paintings and 'old fashioned' sculpturs and photographs.'

old masters my a...aunt.

Peter said...

Well, at least someone else in cyberspace is making BLOGS worth visiting. Very creative. The only thing missing is some original photos of your observations of this world.

Aaroncoal said...

Good idea peter. I'l have to add more original photos to this blog.