Museum of Water is an invitation to take part and to have your say.
The context we are making this work in has changed with each new water crisis. The Museum’s travels around Britain began and continued in years of repeated and catastrophic floods, first in Somerset then in Cumbria. The American water crises of Flint, Nestle and DAPL have brought new focus to global water management and sourcing. Water rights have never been so hotly contested: the bottled water industry nears a global market value of $200 billion, with a huge alternative cost to the world in plastic consumption.
We have had the chance to travel from the Netherlands to Australia, from flood to drought, re-tracing ancient trade routes for a whole new exchange. We work in Australia now in the age of a ‘nil by water’ immigration policy, but also at a time when rivers nearby have been given human rights. Before our eyes the Mediterranean Sea has turned from pleasure garden to graveyard, as the flood of refugees escaping from a drought and water war in Syria has brought to breaking point the coping and caring strategies of different countries, questioning our kindness and threatening the very coalition of Europe.
No one could have predicted the shocking change of contexts this water work has encountered, and of course our relationship with water will continue to adapt rapidly over the coming years, in new and unexpected ways. Museum of Water is an act of witness. It explores the boundary lines of our bodies and our thinking, and considers more fluid way of understanding the world and our inter-relations.
Museum of Water has travelled to over 50 different sites worldwide, been visited by over 40,000 people, and currently holds over 1000 bottles in the collection. These range from a melted snowman to a burst London water main and water from the last ice age, a muddy puddle in Birmingham to a canal in Rotterdam, water from Lourdes, Mecca and the Ganges, condensation from a Falmouth window, Ghost water and bad dream water, 20-year-old evaporated snow from Maine, a new born baby’s bath water, Norwegian spit, three types of urine, two different breaths and water from a bedside table said to be infused with dreams.
Eadi Solanki-Jackson (2007) - Water from a river in India
Rebecca Sharrocks (8-10/03/2013) - Rain Water collected over 2 days
Kipp Bryan (10/03/2013) - Sea water, fizzy water, and a bath bomb
Sidney (08/03/2013) - Water from my brother’s bath, 1 week after his operation. Water makes him feel better
Amy Sharrocks (19/05/2009) - Water from the Thames, collected at the end of the WALBROOK River Walk
Rocky (2012 Summer Holiday) - Greek painting with blue and white. Inside stones from Greece. The tap water reminds me of the sea and my holiday
Violet Bensley (10/03/2013) - Rusty water from my bird bath
Jesse Allmon (12/03/2013) - Water from my fish tank
Esme Supple (10/03/2013) - Hospital water and tap water
“Smokey quartz is
considered to be a perfect stone for meditation as it helps refine the
vibratory energies within body and create clarity of the mind thus facilitating
access to subconscious wisdom. It grounds during the meditation and facilitates
alignment between the lower and higher selves. It activates the flow of the
kundalini energy and enables access to higher states of consciousness.” - (Dominique Allmon)
MIND Smokey quartz is a fundamental calming,
grounding stone. Brings balance into our natural yin and yang energies. Allows
a clear path to be established by removing negative thoughts and energies.Gives renewed strength to overcome
inner grief, promoting personal pride and creativity. Smokey quartz can
transform energy by taking negative thoughts, anger, uneasiness and elevating it into positivity. Aids on keeping one’s mind focused in order to pursue personal goals and dreams. Clears up communication difficulties to dissolve mental and emotional blockages that can get in the way of perception or learning. Provides the mental stability for meditations or any type of healing work. For flightiness or unclearing thinking this stone gives a gentle, steady energy
compared to other grounding stones. It is a great aid with insomnia,
nightmares, addictions, and hyperactivity. Acts as a barrier around the person carrying or wearing it. Often used by energy healers to protect and ground their energy for sessions.
BODY Strengthens the supporting and connective tissues as well as the muscles. Stabilizes
the joints and stimulates fertility by activating the production of the sexual
glands. Promotes detoxification (tissues & organs), facilitating healing by
regulating the minerals in the body. Also works on the physical health of the
abdomen organs. Helpful with the aliments of the hands and feet. Aids in
healing back problems, cramps, and alleviates pain and nerves. It is also
believed to protect against radiation, pollution, and electromagnetic smog.
psychic protection. Helps to manifest dreams. Also collects scattered energies,
while dissolving anything negative. Clears blocked energy in the chakras. Will assist
with grounding, centering, and enhancing awareness and dreams. Is the antidote
for misuse with the Herkimer diamond (astral travel, dreams) allowing one to
reconnect back the reality of their physical body, giving a down-to-earth energy and allows return to a solid earthly spirit. Can be used during mediation to
connect with the higher Self to access subconscious wisdom, while providing
that stable grounded link. Often used to pray to ancestors and anchoring (negative) energy back into the earth to dissipate naturally.
*disclaimer: posted for informational use only. herbs and crystals can compliment any regular medical care notnecessarily replace them.
A B-1B Lancer flies a combat patrol over Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The B-1B has the capability to carry guided and unguided weapons and deliver massive quantities of precision and non-precision weapons against specific targets. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Aaron Allmon)