+POOL Visualizes Water Quality with Art

+POOL Light is an art installation in New York City that informs the public whether river water is safe to swim in.

I’ve been living in New York City for two months now and “clean and swimmable” are not the first adjectives that come to my mind when people mention New York City’s urban rivers. This is because New Yorkers are no strangers to the mounds of black trash bags piled on sidewalks outside brownstone residents, local businesses, and high-rise offices. And I can’t help but wonder what percentage of the over 12,000 tons of waste the city produces daily ends up in the nearby waterways. However, a new public art installation, +POOL Light, intends to change the mind of New Yorkers like myself and raise awareness of the current state of our rivers.

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