Polluted Water Art in Manila

Polluted Water Art in Manila

polluted water art

Artists in the Philippines have used water from different rivers in Manila to create Art. The idea aims to raise the awareness on the level of pollution of Manila’s contaminated water. The project is impulsed by the ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation. We call it polluted water art.

Polluted Water Art
Photo Credit: TBWASantiago Mangada Puno

The Rockwell Center has just hosted a very special exhibition. The Dirty Watercolor exhibition is a project by the ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation. They are the leading foundation that is cleaning up the polluted waterways in Manila.

Polluted Water Art
Photo Credit: TBWASantiago Mangada Puno

This polluted water art is monochromatic. The pigments used, a range from black, grey, sepia, burnt sienna and brown, were created with samples of the riverbed of the most polluted rivers in Manila. After being processed, decontaminated and dried for 24 hours, they were mixed with a solution of gum arabica to become actual watercolors. The artists mentioned that even after this long process of reconditioning the muck, the smell was ever present.

Polluted Art Water
Photo Credit: TBWASantiago Mangada Puno

Life inside the river is dead. Slums and blighted areas abound along the riverbeds. The people that live there often use the river as their sewage system. Children are regularly seen jumping into the filthy waters and playing around without acknowledging the devastating results their improvised playground can have to their health.

Polluted Water Art
Photo Credit: TBWASantiago Mangada Puno

But in the ugly, there is beauty. The artists who have been commissioned to create the polluted water art paintings have depicted everyday scenes along the river. The results are beautiful monochromatic paintings that help envision a brighter future for this area.

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Via BBC

Diego
Diego
Founder of Offcyclers + Overall Sustainable Design geek. When Diego isn't scouting for the most incredible Sustainable Design & Art, he is probably trotting the globe, photographing or filming any story he thinks needs to be told.

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