Water education delivered differently at Enoggera Reservoir
South East Queenslanders experienced the Enoggera Reservoir like never before, with the area transformed into an art installation on the weekend, thanks to Seqwater’s 2019 Water for Life Community Grants program.
Cement mixers filled with rushing water, dingos guarding the dam wall and a mini water slide for giant ice cubes were all on display at the Open Actions installation by people+artist+place and Metro Arts.
The Brisbane-based arts initiative was one of a number of groups who shared in $46,900 as part of Seqwater’s grants program.
The series of interactive installations took people on a sensory journey around the reservoir, inspiring visitors to reflect, engage and experience water in new ways.
Seqwater Community Education Team Leader, Michelle Bordignon, said the unique approach to water education by people+artist+place and Metro Arts made them a worthy recipient for the Water for Life Community Grants.
“Local artists have created these works to respond directly to the location and engage with the surroundings in a way that reflects on our relationship to water, its health and cycle, use and management,” Ms Bordignon said.
“Seqwater is immensely proud of our Water for Life Community Grants and each year we’re amazed by the commitment of funding recipients who share our vision to create a sustainable water future for generations to come.”
people+artist+place Creative Director, Jenna Green, said that the 6 site-specific art works brought attention to the historical, environmental and cultural significance of Enoggera Reservoir.
“Using art as a platform for discussions, visitors left with an expanded understanding about the reservoir, its history, and its future,” Ms Green said.
“Without the support of the Water for Life Community Grants, we wouldn’t have the opportunity to reach people with these types of works which are a little bit different and a little bit wonderful.”
Since the program began in 2016, Seqwater has provided over $286,900 to local schools, indigenous organisations, environmental associations and catchment groups.
2019 Water for Life Community Grants program successful applicants:
Payne Road State School
People + Artist + Place
Moggill Creek Catchment Group
Brisbane Independent School
Stanley River Environmental Centre