The Water Project

Hold a glass of pure water to the eye of the sun!
It is difficult to tell the one from the other
Save by the tiny hardly visible trembling of the water.
This is the nearest analogy to the essence of human life
Which is even more difficult to see.

Hugh MacDiarmid, ‘The Glass of Pure Water’

The Water Project engages with the complex realities of water in the 21st century—as bringer of life and ancestral voice, but also as a contested commodity and saleable resource.

Thirteen artists explore the cultural, conceptual and imaginative qualities of the rivers, lakes, wetlands and freshwater systems of Aotearoa/New Zealand and their crucial role in the well-being of our communities.