The city of Sydney is about to get a better insight into a very important resource, water, with its first ever water bar. “H2O: Water Bar” will offer different types of water, which have been sourced from around the country, on its menu.
The water-tasting bar was a joint effort by artist Janet Laurence who was one of Australia’s representatives to the 2015 Paris Climate Change Conference and the City of Sydney.
“The idea is that the people will come in and taste these different waters in test tubes while being told about them,” Broadsheet quoted Laurence as saying. “You’ll experience the different tastes, understand the origins and why waters taste different to each other. It is to make us think about this vital element of our lives and its fragility.”
The art installation will be hosted in Paddington Reservoir Gardens and the inner chamber of the bar will have laboratory-like installations like beakers, test tubes and so on. The vessels will be filled with water sourced from different streams in Australia.
Junkee.com reported that the effort is aimed at making Sydney aware of the importance of water, which is taken for granted quite too often. Factors of climate change such as coal-seam gas, coal mining and ocean pollution are increasingly becoming a threat to ground water and artesian water basins. This is, in turn, rendering an essential resource like water to become an endangered commodity.
H2O: Water Bar will also convene events such as discussions, debates, performances and film screenings to explain Australia’s complex relationship with water. Speakers will include Greenpeace campaigner Georgina Woods, Kaia Hodge of Sydney Water, Bill McKibben, who is an author and an environmental activist and others besides Lawrence herself.
“Water is gulped down; we take it for granted,” Broadsheet quoted Laurence as saying. “I hope people will understand the amazing journey water takes, and also experience the inner chamber of the Paddington Reservoir which is so rarely open to the public.”