How much water do you eat?

The installation at Cruess Hall, UC Davis was aimed at creating an awareness about conserving water by making wise food choices about the kinds of food we eat. 

the installation at cruess hall, ucdavis

The concept of virtual water i.e., the amount of water that goes into the processing of various food items, was introduced to people through the installation. Five predominant food items were chosen namely: beef, chicken, cheese, pork and greens. Depending on the amount of water that went into the processing of each of these food items, water columns were constructed using test tubes. Each water column had varying levels of water depending on the food item. For instance, beef had the tallest water column as it consumed 4000 gallons of water per pound for processing while greens had the shortest water column with 400 gallons of water per pound for processing. Also, the water columns were colour coded. Red refers to a huge consumption of water for processing while yellow and green refer to medium and low levels of water consumption respectively.

Storyboard development

Storyboard development

The team. Left to Right: Tieni Wu (Lighting Designer), Megan Johnston (Fashion Designer), Asma AlDabal (Exhibition Designer), Nikitaa Sivaakumar (Product Designer), Victoria Baird (Exhibition Designer)

The team.

Left to Right: Tieni Wu (Lighting Designer), Megan Johnston (Fashion Designer), Asma AlDabal (Exhibition Designer), Nikitaa Sivaakumar (Product Designer), Victoria Baird (Exhibition Designer)

My role in the team

Our team consisted of five designers. My specific role in the project was to design the animation that was projected on the LED screen. Click below to check the video.

Installation at The Impact Hub, Oakland

This installation is an adaptation of the test-tube water installation. This installation was set up at The Watersong summit event organized at the Impact HUB, Oakland by DIG Cooperative. We decided to construct towers for each food item that vary in length according to the water that went into the production of the food item. We suspended these towers from the ceiling and installed LED lamps inside of each tower.