Spotlight: Google Art Captures "The Water Tank Project" dedicated to public art and water awareness.
By Michelle Ardanza
Google Art Project revolutionized the viewing of art on a global scale by enabling art enthusiasts to encounter over 45,000 works on one easy to navigate website. Launched in 2013, the site works with renowned institutions and artists to bring quality images straight to internet users. Google’s attention to detail is top of the line as it employs the use of gigapixel technology and Google street view both inside and outdoors. This technology allows viewers to examine artwork with 1000 times the precision of an average digital camera.
Whether revisiting classics like Starry Night or checking out contemporary works at the Street Museum of Art, Google Art Projects has something to offer every type of art lover. As I roamed through the “street art” section, I found The Water Tank Project. Taking place all throughout New York City’s boroughs, The Water Tank Project features artists bringing awareness to the global water shortage through the transformation of the city’s water towers.
The Water Tank Project launched in 2014 and is part art exhibition, part awareness campaign. The project features artwork by acclaimed artists including John Baldessari, Maya Lin, Carrie Mae Weems, Lawrence Weiner and Ed Ruscha. In addition to the public art, The Water Tank Project hosted educational programs, public tours, social media activities and symposiums. One educational outreach was the collaboration with Children’s Movement for Creative Education to develop Trace the Tap, a water-focused curriculum that encourages students to explore the importance of clean water from biological, environmental, cultural and economic perspectives.
Fusing innovative themes, unique commentary, and gorgeous visual artistry on an unconventional medium, both “The Water Tank Project” and Google Art Project understand how important the street art community is to our society.
For more information on “The Water Tank Project” head to thewatertankproject.org