create / 2016

Tap The Source: Using Art and Atmospheric Water Generation to Supply Free Water to the Community

Idea submitted in the My LA2050 Grants Challenge by Sky Source

Sky Source's mission is to install atmospheric water generators in communities with low access to clean drinking water, incorporating artwork into the installation, creating an urban drinking fountain


Are any other organizations collaborating on this proposal?

Island Sky

Please describe your project proposal.

Our goal is to use the prize money in order to help facilitate the creation of urban wells in communities with limited or compromised water supply. We plan to create an art installation surrounding the well in order to inspire the community to learn about the issues we are facing in the current drought, and how atmospheric water generation could be a possible solution. The art installation could range from a billboard attracting people to the well or a mural on the side of a building.

Which of the create metrics will your proposal impact?​

  • Arts establishments
  • Manufacturing activity

In what areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

  • South LA

Describe in greater detail how your proposal will make LA the best place to create?

SkySource will make LA the best place to create by facilitating community interaction around a very relevant and pressing issue in Los Angeles: water scarcity. Atmospheric water generation is an innovative technology that condenses the humidity in the air to form drinking water. The water undergoes several stages of filtration and treatment before it is expelled, ensuring the highest quality water.

Not only will the installation create free, clean drinking water, but we will also create a mural in order to abstractly display the issues we currently face, or a billboard to visually attract the community. We are proposing one off-grid system that will run off solar power that can be placed in any public space, such as a park, and two off-grid systems that could be placed on the side of existing buildings. In the case of the off-grid systems, we will create a billboard that will be designed to aid in the collection of condensation. For the on-grid systems, we will create a mural on the side of the building.

Additionally, we are creating an educational opportunity about technology and the environment for anyone who visits the urban well. But, above all, we are creating a sense of hope in the community. Hope that education, technology, and conservation can help bring us out of these dry times. It will inspire innovation, and a desire for the community to come together and take action.

Please explain how you will define and measure success for your project.​

Our measure of success is simply if the urban well is put to good use. Our mission will be complete if the community uses this pure drinking water to enrich themselves and also reduce demand on municipal supplies. We also hope that this installation inspires people of the community to ask questions, and become educated about the drought and the potential technological solutions.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed?

  • Money
  • Publicity/awareness
  • Community outreach