Public Water: Be involved in a public art project about the NYC water system

Posted on: October 21st, 2019 by Tim Koch

AWSMP is partnering with the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and NYC-based More Art to develop the messaging for Public Water: a public art project aimed at bringing attention to the efforts of upstate citizens and communities in supplying clean and reliable water to New York City. AWSMP will host two workshops on Saturday, November 2nd to share stories about the experiences of upstate communities involved in NYC water supply operations, discuss the complex ways that water connects upstate and downstate communities, and develop a performance script that will spread this message through an interactive public art exhibit in 2020.


New York City based visual artist Mary Mattingly will build a geodesic sculpture that represents the structural ecosystem of the Catskill water supply system and engage the public through an interactive performance art dialogue developed with the input of upstate stakeholders at workshops hosted by AWSMP and the Cary Institute. The sculpture and performance will debut in a highly trafficked public space in NYC in spring 2020.

The workshops will be held Saturday, November 2nd from 10 am – 5 pm. The first workshop (10-1) will focus on gathering stories and perspectives about how water supply operations impact upstate residents and communities. The second workshop (2-5) will focus on developing a performance script to share these stories with downstate residents who interact with the sculpture and performance. Complimentary light lunch and refreshments will be served.

The workshops are free and open to the public. Please register here.

For more information please contact AWSMP’s Tim Koch ( or More Art’s Elana Lado (


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