Brightwater is a community gathering space, exhibition hall, and scientific learning laboratory. Integrated and portable artworks highlight the science of treatment processes, illuminate the history of the place, and reveal our role in the lifecycle of water.

© Cris Bruch, South Branch, 2011, Stainless Steel. Photo by Benjamin Benschneider

The community gathering spaces and exhibition hall feature artworks by Jim Blashfield, Cris Bruch, Ellen Sollod and Claude Zervas. Photographs by Eduardo Calderón are installed in the community gathering space and in the laboratories. In addition to the Center facility, the public is invited to experience over 70 acres of open space with three miles of walking paths with native planting and 40 acres of riparian habitat and restored salmon streams. Within this landscape, permanent and temporary artworks celebrate the natural systems of the water cycle and the reclaimed water use. The foreground landscape features artwork by Buster Simpson and Andrea Wilbur-Sigo.

The Brightwater Art Master Plan recommended a conceptual framework and thematic zones that fully integrate the artwork into the mission, landscape, architecture and educational programs within the water utility system.