The art gesture called Potable is taking shape. Family members with whom I have spoke are excited about the project which I am humbled and excited about.
Participants will include my mother, Helen Schwalbe of Cedarburg, WI 79 yrs. My brother David’s daughter Sheri Paape and her daughter Addison – 1 year old of Port Washington, Wisconsin. My other brother Vince’s daughter Cristina and her daughter Lillie 2 yrs. old of Milwaukee. Possibly my sister Jacquie’s daughter Ruby 9 years old of Chicago, IL.
Here are the specifics:
100 Terra Cotta Cups given to the first 100 in attendance – stamped for the project “Potable.”
4 Generations of Women
Tuesday September 28, 2010
at the Pryor Avenue Iron Well Milwaukee Wisconsin
(S. Superior and E. Pryor or N 41° 58.218 W 87° 39.582)
Some facts about water and why this well? Why now?
A gesture and celebration of public water in conjunction with
Tapping into Solutions: The Future of Water Conference 09 . 27-29 . 2010
- In just one day, more than 200 million hours of women’s time is consumed for the most basic of human needs — collecting water for domestic use. – water.org
- At any given time, half of the world’s hospital beds are occupied by patients suffering from diseases associated with lack of access to safe drinking water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene. -2006 United Nations Human Development Report.
- “For 127 years, Bay View neighbors, and the occasional visitor, have gathered together, bottles and jugs in hand, at the Pryor Avenue Iron Well for its continuous flow of fresh groundwater. The public well, located in a residential neighborhood just a block away from the lake, is the only one of its kind left in Milwaukee, a lone sentinel standing on Pryor Avenue between South Superior Street and South Wentworth Avenue.” Shepherd Express 04.10.2010
- Milwaukee – 1993 By the numbers 44,000 doctor visits. 4,400 hospitalized. 725,000 lost workor school days. $96 million lost wages and medical expenses. $90 million new water purification system. “It was a real tragedy for the community, bu even more for the individuals affected by it.” – John O. Norquist, Milwaukee Mayor
And finally, Paul and I visited the well on Saturday nite for the first time. Here are our own images and a video. Delightful.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzAWb9l5lEQ]