Flint Water
Pope.L

September 7 - October 28, 2017

  • Pope. L Flint Water, 2017. Installation view. © Pope.L

  • Pope. L Flint Water, 2017. Installation view. © Pope.L

  • Pope. L Flint Water, 2017. Installation view. © Pope.L

  • Pope. L Flint Water, 2017. Installation view. © Pope.L

  • Pope. L Flint Water, 2017. Installation view. © Pope.L

  • Pope. L Flint Water, 2017. Installation view. © Pope.L

  • Pope. L Flint Water, 2017. Installation view. © Pope.L

  • Pope. L Flint Water, 2017. Installation view. © Pope.L

  • Pope. L Flint Water, 2017. Installation view. © Pope.L

  • Pope. L Flint Water opening, September 7, 2017, What Pipeline, Detroit. © Pope.L

  • Pope. L Flint Water opening, September 7, 2017, What Pipeline, Detroit. © Pope.L

  • Pope. L Flint Water opening, September 7, 2017, What Pipeline, Detroit. © Pope.L

  • Pope. L Flint Water opening, September 7, 2017, What Pipeline, Detroit. © Pope.L

  • Pope. L auctions off a bottle of Flint Water signed by the artist at the Flint Water opening, September 7, 2017, What Pipeline, Detroit. © Pope.L

  • Twenty-four bottles of Flint Water hand-packed in a custom shipping box, signed and numbered by Pope.L. © Pope.L

  • Pope. L Flint Water opening, September 7, 2017, What Pipeline, Detroit. © Pope.L

Pope.L, a Chicago-based artist who has been making public interventionist art for over twenty years, worked with Detroit artist-run gallery What Pipeline to galvanize interest in the people of Flint and their struggle for clean water access.

Flint Water Project (2017) was an art installation, a performance and an intervention that called attention to the water crisis in Flint by bottling contaminated Flint tap water and selling it as an edition at What Pipeline. During the exhibition the art installation served as a store, a bottling demo, and an informal information center providing folks with details about Flint’s crisis and serious water issues happening in Detroit, the Midwest and beyond.

Flint Water launched on September 7, 2017 with a block party at What Pipeline featuring live water bottling, raffle prizes, a piñata, tacos, special deals on Flint Water and more.

The artwork was conceived by Pope.L as “one Midwest city helping another struck by similar blight.” Proceeds from the sales of the bottled water were donated to the United Way of Genessee County who assist homegrown organizations in Flint to alleviate the crisis and Hydrate Detroit, a volunteer-lead non-profit organization combating water shutoffs and advocating for affordable water in Detroit.

Between September 2017 and January 2018, Flint Water Project raised over $30,000.

Flint Water Project was made possibly by support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as part of the Knight Arts Challenge, Midtown Detroit, Inc., Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects.

Learn more about Flint Water and Pope.L in T Magazine.

FLINT WATER SIGNED BOTTLE

One bottle of Flint Water in a custom shipping tube.
Signed and numbered by Pope.L
7.9 x 2.35 in.
Edition of 40
$250


US Shipping is automatically added to online orders. International orders please contact info@whatpipeline.com for a shipping quote.

Purchasing online is not tax deductible. To make a tax deductible donation in exchange for Flint Water, please contact info@whatpipeline.com

FLINT WATER 6 PACK

Six bottles of Flint Water hand-packed in a custom shipping box.
Signed and numbered by Pope.L
12 x 8.5 x 9.5 in.
Edition of 40 / 3 AP
$1000


6 packs, 12 packs and 24 packs are shipped direct in signed boxes. US Shipping is automatically added to online orders. International orders please contact info@whatpipeline.com for a shipping quote.

Purchasing online is not tax deductible. To make a tax deductible donation in exchange for Flint Water, please contact info@whatpipeline.com

FLINT WATER 12 PACK

Twelve bottles of Flint Water hand-packed in a custom shipping box.
Signed and numbered by Pope.L
16 x 12 x 9.5 in.
Edition of 25
$2500


6 packs, 12 packs and 24 packs are shipped direct in signed boxes. US Shipping is automatically added to online orders. International orders please contact info@whatpipeline.com for a shipping quote.

Purchasing online is not tax deductible. To make a tax deductible donation in exchange for Flint Water, please contact info@whatpipeline.com

FLINT WATER 24 PACK

Twenty-four bottles of Flint Water hand-packed in a custom shipping box.
Signed and numbered by Pope.L
23 x 16 x 9.5 in.
Edition of 12
$5000


6 packs, 12 packs and 24 packs are shipped direct in signed boxes. US Shipping is automatically added to online orders. International orders please contact info@whatpipeline.com for a shipping quote.

Purchasing online is not tax deductible. To make a tax deductible donation in exchange for Flint Water, please contact info@whatpipeline.com