A living map in the gallery composed of water from the very streams flowing nearby.

Watercourse

The List Gallery, Swarthmore College Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, 2015


Curated by Andrea Packard

Materials

Recycled glass jars, vinyl letters, water


Dimensions

8" tall x 42' long x 19' wide

Volunteers went to locate the streams, creeks, and reservoirs that make up the Crum Creek watershed. They collected water from each of the tributaries to bring back to the gallery. A map of the watershed was laid out on the gallery floor using recycled glass jars and bottles that had been acquired by the community. The water from each tributary was then carefully poured into the vessels that corresponded to each particular waterbody. Visitors left a red sticker indicating the location of their house or school which created an additional map of where they live in relation to the watershed.

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