Running from 22 March – 4 April, 100°C Wastewater Bottle Art Exhibition for World Water Day 2017 aims to inspire action and raise public awareness about water issues
100°C is an initiative to raise public awareness and promote lasting change about crucial global issues through art, design and architecture, and this year's 100°C project will begin with a charity art exhibition at the K11 Art Mall commemorating World Water Day 2017: Wastewater Bottle Art Exhibition.
The event will highlight the seriousness and scale of the global water crisis to a wider audience while also offering a platform for young international artists to showcase their talents. Proceeds from the exhibition will benefit A Drop of Life, a charity dedicated to bringing fresh and clean water to remote schools in China and throughout southeast Asia.
The event will showcase 25 unique artworks created using water bottles from the Italian brand PRIMVS, each designed by creative professionals with backgrounds in architecture, urbanism, fine art, advertising, fashion & textile design, product design, graphic design and other fields of art. Creators are from Hong Kong, Germany, Russia, Italy, Japan, England, Thailand, Switzerland, Korea, China, Malaysia, Canada, Egypt, Brazil, and Taiwan, and after the exhibition, the bottles will be made available for purchase on Umadx's online crowdfunding platform.
The theme of World Water Day 2017 is ‘WASTEWATER’, so each participating artist has been inspired by this theme. Today, only 20 per cent of wastewater is treated before being released back into the environment, and inadequate wastewater management has directly impacted our ecosystem and health, particularly in developing countries where millions suffer from preventable water-related diseases. In China, access to clean water is threatened by heavy metals, toxins, and other hazardous substances dumped into lakes and rivers due to accelerating industrialisation and urbanisation.
Through the expressions of art on these water bottles, 100°C aims to inspire action and raise public awareness about water issues that might feel remote, but could ultimately affect everyone.
○ Antonio Scarponi – Architect, designer, author of ELIOOO, co-founder of TANTOOO and holder of an Urban Design PhD. His work and projects with conceptual devices have been widely published in magazines worldwide and received multiple awards such as Humanitarian Design Prize Curry Stone (2008)
○ Daria Syuzeva – Curator of Rem Koolhaas and graduate from Higher School of Economics in Urban economics specialisation, ranking leader 2009-2010. She did her postgraduate programme at Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design
○ Hamajima Takuya – Tokyo-based designer who works on craft and sculptural modelling representation. He deals with natural materials and participates in research on heat treatment technology in ceramics. His works have been exhibited in London, Paris, New York and Hong Kong
○ Nick Gu – Co-founder of 'Bradley Timepiece' Tactile Watch (US) and Eone Timepieces Inc (HK). Bradley watches have been collected by the British Museum since 2014 and received the Red-Dot Design Award in 2015
○ Wyan Yeung – Architect and co-founder of art studio Atelier J-AR. He has won awards in various international design competitions, including the RIBA design competition (2009), the Aarhus International Poster Show (2012) and the Asia Awards of Tokyo Designers Week (2013). His works have also been exhibited at the Hong Kong Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture
○ Xu Zhi – Founder of a luxury London-based label with a contemporary attitude to aesthetic and craftsmanship, where his designs focus on simplicity and intricacy. His label has achieved niche and retail success in the first five years resonating in both European and Asian markets