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Artist Schlanger brings basic water requirements piece to Renaissance Center

Artist Gregg Schlanger, chair of the APSU Department of Art, is continuing to bring awareness to a global crisis through his work B.W.R. (basic water requirements). A few years ago in Potsdam, Germany, Schlanger conceived and created the public art installation, which consists of numerous glass bottles filled with water to varying degrees. Each bottle stands for the amount of water used per person per day in a given country. For many developing countries, hardly any water is present.
Artist Gregg Schlanger, chair of the APSU Department of Art, is continuing to bring awareness to a global crisis through his work B.W.R. (basic water requirements). A few years ago in Potsdam, Germany, Schlanger conceived and created the public art installation, which consists of numerous glass bottles filled with water to varying degrees. Each bottle stands for the amount of water used per person per day in a given country. For many developing countries, hardly any water is present.

That installation was originally on display at the Bank of American Plaza in Charlotte, N.C., but Schlanger has now moved it a little closer to home. Now until March 6, the piece will be exhibited at the Renaissance Center's Visual Art Gallery in Dickson, Tenn.

The display will also feature small houses made of ice, which will melt each day and represent the domestic use of water. The average person needs about 50 liters of water a day for domestic uses such as drinking, hygiene, sanitation services and food preparation. About 20 percent of the world's population only uses around five liters a day.

“It is my intention to bring awareness about this global crisis through this piece,” Schlanger has said. “As a global community, we should guarantee that every person has access and the right to at least 50 liters of clean water every day.”

The installation is for sale, and Schlanger said the majority of the money earned will go toward purchasing a well water system for a developing nation.

For more information on the show, contact Schlanger at 931-221-7789 or schlangerg@apsu.edu, or the Renaissance Center at 615-740-5600. -- Charles Booth