Water Library consists of nine interconnected sections focusing on projects that artist Basia Irland has created over the last thirty years in Africa, Canada, Europe, South America, Southeast Asia, and the United States. Through her work, Irland offers a creative understanding of water while examining how communities of people, plants, and animals rely on this vital element. With a humanistic and artistic approach anchored in science, ""Water Library"" is a tribute to ecology expressed through art. Irland's art projects explore practical ways to conserve water through rain harvesting systems, how to foster dialogue and cooperation along the entire length of a river, and the dangerous impact of waterborne diseases on human health. By offering thought-provoking information, presented poetically, ""Water Library"" inspires in readers a broader appreciation of water's importance in their everyday lives.
About the Author
Basia Irland is an interdisciplinary artist and professor of art and art history at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, with a lifelong interest in water and ecological issues.
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