Street artist gives city a spray for clean water

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16 Mar 2015 | AU

Renowned Melbourne artist, Daniel Wenn of 90degrees, is taking his street art to Southbank, attempting to capture what it’s like to walk up to 10,000 steps a day to collect often dirty, unsafe water.

The three-panel mural has been organised by international development organisation WaterAid to mark the UN-sanctioned World Water Day (March 22) and to help highlight an issue that impacts one in ten of the world’s population who don’t have access to safe water.

Paul Nichols, Chief Executive of WaterAid Australia, said while most Aussies turn on taps without sparing a thought, countries in the Pacific suffer from some of the worst water and sanitation coverage rates across the world.

“Many remote communities within Timor-Leste and Papua New Guinea don’t have taps that provide drinking water, showers or basic toilets.

“Accessing safe water is an everyday battle; one that involves mostly women and young girls walking up to eight kilometres a day to collect enough water to drink, cook and wash with,” Mr Nichols said.

Daniel Wenn said the artwork he will create will take roughly the same time it takes for women and girls to collect water each day.

“Everyone I know takes access to safe water for granted. It’s a basic human right and I just couldn’t imagine walking from say Brunswick to the city to line up for dirty water.”

“I hope people that walk passed the artwork think about how lucky they are and dig deep to support the work that WaterAid does helping communities create lasting, positive change,” Daniel said.

WaterAid is encouraging Aussies to don their walking shoes from March 16 – 20 and clock up 10,000 steps a day for their national fundraiser www.walk4water.com.au in a bid to raise funds and awareness for the 748 million people around the world that don’t have access to safe water.

To donate, or to sponsor someone involved in the walk log onto www.walk4water.com.au

People can check out the live artwork in process at The Spillway, Southbank Promenade, across the river from Flinders Street Station, between 8am and 2pm on Tuesday 17 March.