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Shui Ping

Published on April 20, 2006

I’m fascinated by the mundane. By the things that surround us without asking for attention. They exist, maybe serve a purpose or perform a task, and then fade into the background. Sometimes they simply get tossed into the bin – like a water bottle.

The water bottle, so easily overlooked, is an object of concern for many in China. Each day I hear the voices of men calling out to their neighbors, entreating them to offer up their empty bottles. These men ride three-wheeled carts through the hutongs, searching for bottles, which they can sell to the recycling center for a fraction of a penny.

I’d been thinking about the value of this mundane vessel and decided to collaborate with a local ceramic artist to honor the water bottle. Here’s the result:

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