There aren’t too many useful things you can do with really dirty, heavily contaminated water – unless, that is, you’re one of a group of innovative Filipino artists, who are getting meta with rancid aqua and using it to raise awareness of just how dangerous Manila’s water is.
The artists used specially created ‘dirty watercolours’ to paint with, made from dirty water taken from some of the city’s most polluted rivers. After being decontaminated, the water samples were concentrated down and turned into some seriously filthy pigments, which nine commissioned artists used to paint scenes from Manila’s riverbanks.
As well as raising awareness of this vast problem, the pictures were also exhibited and put up for sale, with proceeds going to help clean-up operations in polluted rivers, led by local organisation ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation. It just goes to show that sometimes, getting your hands dirty – as well as your canvas – can be good for everyone.