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HotHouse: Water

  • Central Park Broadway Ultimo, NSW Australia (map)

Bring us a sample of water from anywhere in Sydney and help us to make crowd-sourced art!

Here's how...

  • Collect a sample of water from somewhere meaningful to you

  • Put it in a clear glass bottle or jar

  • Fill out our online form

  • Leave your water at a drop-off location

For more info, click here

Submissions are open until early March 2015.


The backstory...

In March 2015 HotHouse will be installing a month-long exhibition on level 1 of the Central Park shopping centre.

The exhibition will feature bottles and jars of water from all over Sydney, contributed by members of the public. This central exhibit will sit alongside an array of striking pieces of installation art that together tell a story of water in the life of our city, from fresh water to salt water and from human lives to the ecological health of our waterways and harbour.

Sydney is a stunningly beautiful city and most people would agree that its because of water - we love our beaches and our harbour. We love the outdoors. But how often do we really think about the water around us in our daily lives?

We are inviting you to contribute a small bottle or jar of water from a place in Sydney that holds meaning for you. There is no place too mundane or too exciting. It could be the kitchen sink, a creek in the garden, the dam in the local park, a nearby river, the harbour or the back of your favourite surf break! It could be from anywhere in Sydney, it just has to mean something to you. The idea is to show a snapshot of how people relate to our city through water. We want to gather 1000 water samples - we made a great start at the last event.

The exhibition is about drawing links between people, place and water. Water has too often been something we take for granted, which lies out of sight and out of mind. But sustainable and liveable cities require a reconnection with the flows of water around us. Water should be embraced as a vital, dynamic and life-giving part of the urban fabric. By displaying people’s water from across Sydney we are showing a collection of snapshots into how people in Sydney relate to water at a very personal level. The explainer that goes with each sample gives a story to the seemingly innocuous container of clear liquid. On its own each sample does not carry much weight. But as a large collection we have a document of water in the life of this city, in the spring of 2014. 

This project is only possible with the generous support of Frasers Property, Sekisui House, Flow Systems and Arup.

For more information call 9211 0255 or email

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