The remarkable Osaka-born artist Ichi Ikeda, considers water to be Earth's most precious resource and the medium which will help deliver our planet safely into the future. As a result, he has dedicated the majority of his prolific career to raising global awareness around water issues and conservation through international conferences, community activism, public performance and interactive WaterArt installations.
Ikeda encourages people to think of the larger context in which they live and to see how our current actions as individuals affect the Earth's future. He views the conscious networking of concerned individuals as a key to sustainability. His art serves as a catalyst for change and an inspirational focal point for the exchange of water-related information.
The artist addresses these important issues through both large and small scale interventions. During his Big Hands Conference in 2002, Ikeda orchestrated an educational symposium in Bangkok which featured an interactive gallery installation with images of large cupped hands holding water, factual information and a recording of poetry by the artist.
"We the Peoples are to be born on the earth, caressed in a cradle of water and growing as it grows. All lives live in harmony. The rivers flow to fertility and the soil rises to evergreen."
Other projects have included local water carrying actions in Japanese markets, a supper for people affected by the construction of a dam, as well as sprawling "paintings" made from the deposits of polluted water and river silt on cloth. In 1997 he developed the Arcing Arc project which brought the cities of Kaseda and Taipei together through a series of public installations calling attention to water conservation and specific environmental conditions shared by the two cities. The Arc has since expanded to include the cities of Hong Kong, Manila, Bangkok and Yogyakarta, with more on the way.
The future of water conservation is lucky to have an ally such as Ichi Ikeda.
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