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Pope.L

 

Pope.L and What Pipeline

Flint Water

164 people pledged $17,803 to support this project on Kickstarter.

Pope.L, Flint Water, 2017, Installation view 2. Courtesy the artist and What Pipeline. © Pope.L

Pope.L, Flint Water, 2017, Installation view 2. Courtesy the artist and What Pipeline. © Pope.L

 

Since 2014, the city of Flint, Michigan has had access to little, if any, fresh water. Lead, E. Coli, legionella, listeria, and other disease-causing bacteria may still be present after the 2014 mismanagement and contamination of the city's water. In response to the ongoing crisis, the artist Pope.L, the gallery What Pipeline, and 164 backers realized an installation, performance, and intervention in Detroit for the city. Funds went to purchase water from Flint residences, bottle it, and sell it at What Pipeline, serving as an informal information center and performance venue. Proceeds were then donated to the United Way of Genessee County and Hydrate Detroit to help mitigate the crisis and advocate for affordable water laws in both cities.

OPTION: “Still today many Flint residents do not have access to reliable, safe water,” Pope.L says.

OPTION: This way, as Pope.L's campaign asks and answers, "What if Detroit could be the hero and come to the rescue of another midwest city in need?"

 
Pope.L, Flint Water, 2017, Installation view 2. Courtesy the artist and What Pipeline. © Pope.L

Pope.L, Flint Water, 2017, Installation view 2. Courtesy the artist and What Pipeline. © Pope.L

Pope.L, Flint Water Single Unsigned Bottle, 2017. 16 oz. plastic bottle of contaminated water obtained from Flint, MI. Courtesy the artist and What Pipeline. © Pope.L

Pope.L, Flint Water Single Unsigned Bottle, 2017. 16 oz. plastic bottle of contaminated water obtained from Flint, MI. Courtesy the artist and What Pipeline. © Pope.L

Pope.L auctions a bottle of Flint Water signed by the artist during the opening of Flint Water, September 7, 2017 at What Pipeline, Detroit. Courtesy the Artist and What Pipeline. © Pope.L

Pope.L auctions a bottle of Flint Water signed by the artist during the opening of Flint Water, September 7, 2017 at What Pipeline, Detroit. Courtesy the Artist and What Pipeline. © Pope.L