Gregg Schlanger is the chair of the department of art at Central Washington University at Ellensburg, and he’s also the most recent graduate of Storefronts U, presenting his newest work, BWR (Basic Water Requirements) in one of our Chinatown display windows.
Explicitly, the piece examines and represents international water usage, translating numerical data into sculptural elements. It charts domestic water usage per person per day in 60 various countries (Hey, guess where the USA is on the spectrum! Hint: not quite the most efficient users of water.)
But BWR is also a bright, shining, water-filled, joyous piece, complete with melting ice and flowing water. Gregg’s intent is to bring awareness to a global crisis, which the work does, but along the way it’s also a stunningly visual piece for this high-traffic thoroughfare.
Check it out anytime, and join us for a little sidewalk reception to celebrate Gregg and the work on Thursday September 6 from 5 to 8pm.