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Janet Zweig

Brightwater

A giant red faucet presents you with a choice about recycling and limited resources.

Janet Zweig. Limited Edition, 2011. Stainless steel, ceramic tiles, and magnets. Brightwater, Woodinville, WA. King County Public Art Collection. Photo: 4Culture

Turn the large red handle on the faucet in this artwork and it dispenses a single golden tile. What happens next is up you: Place the tile in one of the holes on the perforated metal wall behind the faucet (a magnet will hold it in place) or keep the tile as a souvenir.

This work by Brooklyn-based artist Janet Zweig contains exactly 150,000 tiles that will never be replenished. Over time, the 245-foot wall—which also has exactly 150,000 holes—will be covered in a mix of golden tiles and open spaces. When all of the tiles have been dispensed, those left on the wall will be recycled back into the faucet, and eventually there may be no tiles remaining. As a result, the piece has an unknown lifespan, like natural resources.
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Janet Zweig. Limited Edition, 2011. Stainless steel, ceramic tiles, and magnets. Brightwater, Woodinville, WA. King County Public Art Collection. Photo: Juan Hernandez
Janet Zweig. Limited Edition, 2011. Stainless steel, ceramic tiles, and magnets. Brightwater, Woodinville, WA. King County Public Art Collection. Photo: Juan Hernandez
Janet Zweig. Limited Edition, 2011. Stainless steel, ceramic tiles, and magnets. Brightwater, Woodinville, WA. King County Public Art Collection. Photo: Juan Hernandez

About the Location

Brightwater

Science, art, design, and ecology come together at Brightwater, one of the largest wastewater treatment facilities in the world. Located north of Woodinville, WA, Brightwater comprises a park, a community gathering space, an exhibition hall, and a scientific learning laboratory in addition to the structures that house technical operations. Throughout the site, integrated and portable…

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