80 to 80,000 liter Water Box, for World Water Ekiden
On March 2003, the 3rd World Water Forum was held in the Kansai area (Kyoto, Shiga and Osaka) of Japan. More than twenty-thousand people from all parts of the world gathered for the forum, hoping to discuss various water problems facing in the 21st Century and to create opportunities for collaborative activities in the future.
Ichi Ikeda presented a series of art works entitled '80 liter Water Box', stating simply that "water must exist as the fundamental human right for all people". During the 3rd World Water Forum, "80 liter Water Box" challenged participants in the forum with the following text:It says that one person needs to have 80 liters of water per day to maintain a basic standard of life. But, according to the report, three fourths of the world population can use only 50 liters of water or less because of 'low water supply.' It is reported that some rural people in Kenya are compelled to spend a day with only five liters of water. On the other hand, some American people use 1000 liters of water per day through watering the lawn and washing their cars. There is a very wide gap between the water supply and consumption. By showing an 80 liter Water Box as the standard, I ask visitors, "More than 80 liters or less?" Just before the Iraq war broke out, the newspaper of the 3rd World Water Forum "WATER FORUM SHIMBUN" carried a photo of "80 liter Water box" with the caption 'The Future in their Hands'.
Ichi Ikeda participated in various art exhibitions/projects related to the 3rd World Water Forum including the U.K.-Japan Water Art Project "Crossovers" and Water for Celebration in New York. As a result, the "80 liter Water Box" project was presented at five sites in three cities; Kyoto, Toyota & New York.
Now, through an expanding network begun with '80 liter Water box', Ichi Ikeda expands 80 liters to a '80,000 liter Water Box' worldwide, with the idea that any place can function as the starting point for forwarding 'water for 1000 people' to the next generation living on the future Earth.
This is an experimental project with a wish to transform various spaces into 'Water Boxes', which can store the water needed for the daily life of 1000 people. Ichi Ikeda is currently looking for sites to recognize the '80,000 liter Water Box' project and is hoping for new collaborative partnerships in the future.
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