Bottled Water, 2013

While in residency at Red Gate Gallery in Beijing in 2013, I turned my attention to the weekly deliveries of bottled water, all across town, by a local water service. These bottles are a necessary commodity due to the fact that tap water is very unsafe throughout China. The familiar object and its varied counterparts could be spotted all around Beijing and throughout much of China. I purchased a few of these bottles and have implemented them into a series of sculptural works.

Each bottle serves a new purpose that is derived from the function of the water receptacle in conjunction with the potential of the new sculptural object. The plastic jug’s shapely familiarity and functional design is reconfigured and made to serve a more contemplative purpose that escapes the objects utilitarian preconceptions.

 

Bottled Water install detail, 2013. Plastic water bottle, rope LED, tap fixture.

Water Jug #2 detail, Bryden Williams, 2013. Plastic water jug, chrome tap, LED rope light

Bottled Water install detail, 2013. Plastic water bottle, rope LED, tap fixture.

Water Jug #2 detail, Bryden Williams, 2013. Plastic water jug, chrome tap, LED rope light

Water Jug #1, 2014. Plastic water jug, acrylic paint, plywood, LCD TV with looped digital video and sound

Water Jug #1 detail, Bryden Williams, 2014. Plastic water jug, acrylic paint, plywood, LCD TV with looped digital video and sound

Water Jug #3 detail, 2014. Plastic water jug, modified ikea lamp, steel fixtures, CFL

Water Jug #3 detail, Bryden Williams, 2014. Plastic water jug, modified ikea lamp, steel fixtures, CFL