This work is an edition of a larger project under the umbrella title of ‘Water Conversations’. The intention of the project is to examine the element of water in a variety of global locations and to question the politics of water access,management and consumption.
In Bodh Gaya, a spiritual site for the Buddhist community ‘Water Conversations’ seeks to discover some of the commonalities of how water is viewed spiritually and what rituals are associated with water. ‘Water Bodies and Spirits’ is a wooden sculpture constructed on a pulling rickshaw to form a mobile grotto for water. The sculpture was located in a variety of public spaces throughout Bodh Gaya during a holy week dedicated to world peace.
A solar powered jet of water danced within the structure inviting passers by to engage in conversations on the spiritual associations of water. Embedded within this exchange are questions of individual responsibility towards water, a precious substance with a finite future.
A project for Buddha Enlightened 2-be International Artist project. Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India. Jan – Feb 2011.