Cup of the Day #79
Fountain Cup by Gwyneth Leech
India Ink on white cup
Drawn in the window studio, March 2011
After my recent experiences trying to reuse paper cups in coffee bars, I decided to make my cuppa at home, pour it in a paper cup and carry it with me to the window studio. I held the kettle under the faucet and turned the tap. It filled with clean, clear H2O. This is a daily miracle which I never take for granted. In this crowded, impossible metropolis, over 8 million people have access to the finest tap water in the USA. It comes straight from scintillating mountain reservoirs in the Upper Delaware Valley watershed and the Croton Highlands, carried by gravity through cavernous water pipes which are a marvel of engineering. My favorite tea is Scottish Blend which, in Glasgow, we brewed with excellent water flowing from pristine Loch Katrine in the Scottish Highlands. Here on West 47th Street, that tea tastes just as good made with New York City's plain old tap.
by Christy Rupp
And yet every time I went to see the exhibition (apart from the mass of people who came to the opening reception and to a panel talk in January) the gallery has been empty.
By Chris Twomey, 2010
My kettle is full. I turn from the sink, put it on the stove, and after a moment of hesitation...I turn on the gas.
Drinking Water Test Kit, 2010
Educating about gas drilling issues and seeking solutions including legal, regulatory and government reforms
The NYC sister group to Damascus Citizens
Advocate of clean water in New York State and New York City
Affiliated with Riverkeeper
Active in NY State; focused in Chenango, Delaware and Otsego counties
Centralized source tracking and visualizing data related to gas extraction in the Marcellus Shale region
http://shaleshock.org/Active in the Upstate NY and Finger Lakes region
A national organization for the education, organization and protection of communities from the devastating impacts of oil and gas development
Active in the Catskills region
This compelling Emmy Award winning documentary shows the dirty side of hydraulic fracturing and natural gas, an energy source the industry touts as a clean alternative to fossil fuels.
"Everyday Tablecloth Pre-stained
to Match Tainted Well Water"
By Pat Bellant Gillen
Hi Gwyneth, First - Love the installation with the paper cups. And, each cup is given so much attention. They are quite intriguing. Maybe you could "travel" the show out west so more of us could see it? :)ReplyDelete
And, Second, the Fracking is a big concern to us out this way, as well. We spend a lot of time in the Mountains - where some fracking just started this past fall. It's scary. We do have a Congress woman that fights for the people's rights out here - Diana DeGette. We almost never hear about it on the news, and I don't think most people even know about it. The whole controversy saddens me.
Best Wishes & Thanks for talking about it!
- Jennifer Ressmann, Golden, Colorado
Thank you Jennifer,ReplyDelete
I would love to travel the cup show. Let me know of any suitable venues in you area.
Regarding Fracking, watch the documentary Split Estate to learn what is going on in the Rockies. We all need to informed. Let's not be sad, but active!