Precious Water: Bay Watching 2012

In August 2012, Ellen Sollod installed the second iteration of Precious Water on Pier 62/63. The intention was again to draw attention to the water quality of the Sound but this time bringing forward the question of “how do we measure the Sound?” Through imagery of crude methods of measurement, we confront our inadequacy to understand larger environmental issues as untutored members of the public.

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Precious Water 2010

Precious Water was completed by artists Carolyn Law and Ellen Sollod over the course of 10 days. This slide show gives the chronology of the work.

The changes to the artwork reference the delicate status of the health of the water of Puget Sound. Without aggressive, direct action, on the part of government and our larger community to alter the process of environmental degradation of this important body of water – it will “disappear” as an environment that can sustain healthy life.

Understanding the importance of the Sound and all water gives rise to a culture of caring. Through genuine caring, we will steward  what is so important to us.

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Project Description

Precious Water, a site-specific art installation by Ellen Sollod and Carolyn Law on Seattle’s Pier 62/63 will be on view September 13- 23, 2010. Conceived by the artists to draw attention to the condition of Puget Sound and to provoke conversation about environmental stewardship, the work can be seen from Pike Place Market, Victor Steinbrueck Park, the Alaskan Way Viaduct and offices and condominiums overlooking the pier. Over the course of 10 days, the artists will transform the 1000 square foot image. The goal is to encourage people to pause to consider the importance of clean water to the ecology of Puget Sound, and by extension, to our daily lives.

According to People for Puget Sound: “ Puget Sound’s health is our health– the key to our region’s quality of life, our economy and the legacy we leave our children and their children.

But the Sound is in trouble. Orca whales and salmon are endangered and may face extinction due to pollution, loss of habitat, and the ever-present threat of oil spills. Fishing, shellfishing, recreation and human health are increasingly at risk as toxins flow into our living waters. Together, we can protect and restore the Sound to health for future generations. Working together to make this happen is what People For Puget Sound is all about.”

Precious Water represents Sollod and Law’s response to this call to action.