If you walk into the Ferguson Library, you’ll be sure to see shinning waves of color glistening above the staircase and around the children’s room.
Children and visitors helped make a wave on Saturday, as part of a national art installation to celebrate water. As the wave grows in length participants share in the process of contributing to a work of art on a global issue.
“I thought it was good to cut the wave out,” said one child.
“It’s about water and waves,” said Alice Knapp, Director of User Services at the Ferguson Library. “So by cutting the wave, we are showing our connection to the water and how important it is to us and to our community.”
The project was created two years ago by artists Susan Hoffman Fishman and Elena Kalman in response to the Tsunami that struck Japan in 2011. It’s part of the National Interactive Art and Community-Building Project Celebrating Water. With the help of public participants, it has been installed in museums, galleries, schools and other venues across the coastline.
“The library project starts here in Stamford, but the big wave project started in Peabody Essex Museum two years ago,” said artist Elena Kalman. “Then after it was so successful and people of all ages participated in the project and we hung it in their atrium, we kind of looked at it and we said to ourselves, why not continue with it.”
“There’s a limited amount of water on this planet,” said public artist and educator Susan Hoffman Fishman. “And more and more of it is being polluted and the climate is changing. A lot of areas in the world are now having water shortages and it’s really important that people are paying attention to that.”
“We turn off the water and our teachers are telling us to conserve water when we wash our hands after we use the bathroom,” said one child.
The program is funded by a grant with support from the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, as well as Connecticut Office of the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Connecticut Library Consortium. The Ferguson is the first of four Connecticut libraries in the state to host the installation.