To raise public awareness of global water issues, artist Belo created an image of 66,000 glasses of colored rainwater simulating the levels of impurities found in water all over the planet . This 3,600-square-foot major work depicting a child in the maternal womb emphasized the essentiality of water for every living being, even before its birth. The goals of 66,000 were multiple: to meet the artistic and material challenge of carrying out a work of this size and to raise public awareness of the dramatic consequences of the lack of access to drinking water.
A large-format photograph of this ephemeral work, taken in a single copy, was one of a few selected works for the online auction organized as part of One Night for ONE DROP. This great fundraising event for the benefit of ONE DROP took place on the occasion of World Water Day on March 22, 2013 at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Interested parties were able to raise the bid by leveraging the work of Belo, the talented Quebec creator, hosted on the Charitybuzz online auction site.
The work was also exhibited during this prestigious evening with the video made by Punchline Films unveiling the impressive “making of” of this unique mosaic made of rainwater.
“66,000 glasses as wishes for a world where the problem of access to drinking water would be a thing of the past”. – Belo
Interesting facts :
66,000 biodegradable and compostable glasses
15,000 liters of recovered rainwater
1 kg of vegetable dye
More than 100 volunteers
62 hours of installation
5.2 km in length (66 000 glasses of water put end to end)
Thank you to all the volunteers, partners and sponsors!
Partners: ONE DROP, Punchline Films, Allan Hurd, Mélanie Wagenhoffer and Julie Tremblay
Sponsors: Nova Envirocom and Cirque du Soleil
Photos: Robert Wagenhoffer
Post time: Jun-26-2017