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Presentation to focus on how public art can prevent water pollution


Laurel Whitehurst, Clark County Arts Commission
Phone: (360) 901-0044

Vancouver, WA – A free presentation entitled The Future of Water and the Art of Water will be the third presentation in Land and Environmental Art series sponsored by the Clark County Arts Commission.

The presentation will be 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 1, at Vancouver's Water Resources Education Center, 4600 S.E. Columbia Way.

The featured speaker will be Mark Owen, a water purification expert based in Beaverton, Ore., who will share his TED Talk.

The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion of how art and science intersect in the design of new landscapes. A reception will follow the discussion.

Environmental art during the 1960s was focused on land reclamation, says Arts Commissioner Laurel Whitehurst.

“We now want to talk about public art to prevent water pollution, and demonstrate the value of treating it where it falls while creating gathering spaces for conversation or contemplation,” she said. “We are campaigning to prevent the continued use of a hole in the ground surrounded by a chain-link fence to treat stormwater.”

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