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    Plus catalogues the last 8 years, each of the works realized with WATERSHED+ and the artists and teams involved. Alongside this documentation we invited six prominent arts voices – a combination of artists, curators, writers and editors - to explore a topic and to complement the narrative of the program, projects, and process from their experiences. These art subject matter experts bring knowledge about contemporary art, urban and cultural development, and insights into creative processes. Plus also outlines the less tangible outcomes and provides recommendations for the future of the program.

    “We have always struggled with trying to define WATERSHED+ – it’s a plan, a program, an artwork. It is processed-based work, with temporary and permanent work. It is performance and collaborative. It is artist-lead, municipal, internally and externally focused; it is engaging, informing, educational. It is engineering. It is art. It is serious, critical, joyous, challenging, and celebratory. […]

    It’s all of these things, it’s blurry. ”

    “[…] This is the story of the first phase of WATERSHED+. It catalogues projects, who was involved and the outcomes. It contains people’s opinions and experiences from many points of view: engineers, artists, managers, and critics – many of whom helped shape the program it has become. ”

    From Plus, Introduction

    WATERSHED+ is a City of Calgary public art project

    Essays by:
    Tatiana Mellema, Hesse McGraw, Diana Sherlock, Susan Szenasy, Shauna Thompson and Janet Zweig

    Interviews of staffs and artists by amery Calvelli

    Plus Graphic artist: Mustaali Raj


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    Map of countries with no (permanent) rivers.

    They are:

    Sovereign states:
    Marshall Islands
    Saudi Arabia
    Vatican City

    Dependencies and other territories:
    British Indian Ocean Territory
    Cayman Islands
    Christmas Island
    Cocos (Keeling) Islands
    Easter Island
    Norfolk Island
    Pitcairn Islands
    Saint Barthélemy
    Saint Martin
    Wallis and Futuna

    Map by reddit user darth_stroyer.

    From Brilliant maps


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    Matt Emmett won the 2016 Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Award at this year’s World Architecture Festival. The yearly Arcaid competition scopes out the sharpest shooters in architectural photography, in recognition of expertise and challenging norms in the artistic medium.

    Out of 20 shortlisted entries, Emmett ultimately won the Arcaid jury’s favor with his photo of the East London Water Works Company’s 1868 covered reservoir in Finsbury Park, London.

    From here


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    Glacial melt, Skafta River, Iceland.

    Photo by Benjamin Grant


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    Aerial picture of tailings – the waste and byproducts from mining operations – pumped into the Gribbens Basin next to the Empire and Tilden iron ore mines in Negaunee, Michigan, USA.

    Read more here

    Photo by Benjamin Grant


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    Pictures of the pollutants on the surface of the fetid Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, New York.

    The body of water – one of the most polluted in the US – is getting a $506 million (£344 million) detox after being used as an industrial dumping ground for more than a century. “The mud is up to three metres deep and has the consistency of thick mayonnaise,” says Walter Mugdan, superfund division director at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which is overseeing the cleanup.

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    Steven Hirsch

    From here and there

    Previous post with similar pictures by another photgrapher


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    After the Flood Control Act of 1928, the US Army Corps of Engineers started to study and alter the nation’s river systems—the Mississippi especially.

    As a way to test out their building projects to make sure that they would work, they developed crude models, mere ditches cut in the dirt with water flowing through them.

    In 1943, the Corps began construction on a model that could test all 1.25 million square miles of the Mississippi River. It would be a three-dimensional map of nearly half of the continental United States, rendered to a 1/2000 horizontal scale, spanning more than 200 acres. It was so big that the only way to see all of it at once was from a four-story observation tower.

    A staff of six hundred engineers, technicians, and support staff would use the model to simulate past floods, and to figure out what could be changed to achieve different results.

    As computer models became more accurate—or accurate enough—the Mississippi Basin Model gradually lost its funding. It finally closed in 1993 and now lies derelict.

    From the 99%invisible podcast.


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    Sound map of natural conditions of the United States by the National Park Service, estimating how places would sound naturally, without human influence. 

    The trend is higher sound levels in wetter areas with more vegetation. This is due to the sounds of wind blowing through vegetation, flowing water, and more animals (especially birds and frogs) vocalizing in more fertile locations.

    You can look at higher res maps here and also see the sound map of existing condtions.


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    Waterlicht is an art intervention that presents a virtual flood with wavy lines of light, showing what the level of the water with rising sea levels would be without human intervention.

    Originally created for the Dutch District Water Board Rijn & IJssel by Studio Roosegaarde


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    The extreme flatness of the Northeastern China Manchurian Plain has caused the Songhua River to meander widely over time. The result of the meandering is that the river is surrounded by a wide plain filled with swirls and curves, showing paths the river once took. The plain includes classic features of meandering rivers, such as ox-bow lakes—semi-circular lakes formed when a meander is cut off from the main channel by river-deposited sediment. Meandering rivers shift their positions across the valley bottom by depositing sediment on the inside of bends while simultaneously eroding the outer banks of the meander bends.

    The area in this picture is about 32 kilometers by 41 kilometers.

    Image from NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and the U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team