The Water Harvest: when every drop counts

Melbourne artist and VCA alumna Debbie Symons (BFA, 1992) is working with Jasmine Targett to create The Water Harvest, a unique art installation of 1000 glass bottles containing rain and grey water samples from water-saving Melbournians.


Their artwork aims to reward Victorians for being water conscious and adapting their lifestyles to reflect a more resilient use of natural resources. “Through our arts practice we have been researching the way humanity manages or mismanages its nature-based assets including water,” the artists explain. “Our understanding is that these actions will in part define our collective future in the 21st century.”

“We are interested in finding innovative ways to engage, collaborate and empower our audience.”

Each bottle will be inscribed with the water harvester’s name and water collection co-ordinates. At the end of the exhibition the artists will gift the bottles back to project participants to thank them. The bottles will be used in an installation that maps Victoria’s man-made water systems.

“We hope these artworks will become markers of a landmark shift in collective attitude and awareness towards preserving Melbourne’s natural resources to create a resilient and sustainable city.”

The artwork will be presented in an exhibition at Creative Spaces: Carlton Connect Studio for Climarte’s Art+Climate=Change Festival.

If you’d like to participate, a sample of water (300ml for individual, 1 litre for businesses) can be dropped off between 10am – 2pm every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday until 16 April at Lab 14, Creative Spaces: Carlton Connect Studio, 700 Swanston Street.

A version of this article originally appeared on Channel, the Faculty’s previous publishing platform.