Wonderful Water Wall

Ashley Jackson

Artist Statement

This installation that you are looking at is called “Wonderful Water Wall”. Who would have thought that you can make something like this with recycled household items? This installation is full of atheistically-engaging activities for you to tinker around with. I chose to complete a water wall for a variety of reasons. One of those reasons is because a water wall can be educational and can be used for a variety of reasons. Water walls can be used to conserve rain water, musical purposes, decoration, or educational purposes. I chose to create one out of plywood, plastic bottles, and a laundry detergent bottle because these materials can be found around the house. I have created this because it allows all different types of learners to be actively engaged in the installation and is appealing to all learners. So, let me explain how it is engaging for all different types of learners.

Gardner’s multiple intelligences include verbal/linguistic, musical/rhythmic, visual/spatial, interpersonal, intrapersonal, bodily/kinesthetic, logical/mathematical, and naturalistic. Throughout this installation I have included activities that interweaves the aspects of the different intelligences. The way that I have included verbal/linguistic learners is having you look at the poster that is titled “Save the Water One Drop at a Time” as well as reading through the poem. Another way is through the videos of demonstration and this website. The way that I have included musical/rhythmic into the creation of this installation is to create an orffestration from the poem for two voices that has a rhythm to it. Another way that the musical/rhythmic learner is included is that while creating the display I had to hammer a nail and screwing in a screw and that itself made music and had some rhythm to it. The way that I have included visual/spatial learner into the creation is that while you are looking at the water wall it is appealing to the eye and is spatial. The way that I have included interpersonal learner into the creation is by creating questions that you are going to read and communicate with each other. One of the questions that will be discussed is, “What can we do to conserve water?” Another way that this installation benefits the interpersonal learner is through the poem because it communicates to others about conserving water because it is vital for living care. The way that I have included the intrapersonal learner is by creating questions, such as “How does conserving water benefit you?” and “How does the installation make you feel and what does it remind you of?” The way that I have included bodily/kinesthetic throughout this installation creation is by problem solving and creating a product hands on. The way that this installation includes problem solving is that throughout my making process I had to determine how I was going to attach the plastic bottles on the piece of plywood. I decided to pound a hammer to have a hole started for the screw. Then I put a whole in the plastic bottles the size of the screw and screwed in the screw while attaching the bottle. This was creating a product hands on because I cut up the plastic bottles, screwed in screws with a screw driver, and hammered a nail to start the hole for the screw. The way that the logical/mathematical learner is included throughout this process was the whole process of the installation. For instance, I had to think from scratch to the big picture before I started created it. There were resources out there, but I had to think with the materials that I had to work with. Another way was the process of the angles of the bottles. I had to adjust the angles of the bottles to make sure that the water was going to go into the next bottle and I also had to make sure there was enough water and force behind the water so it flowed into the next bottle. Finally, the installation includes aspects of the naturalistic learner in the way that I used household items to create the water wall, which is recycling. In this way I was using the resources around me and it allows me to be aware of the nature around me. Another way that the installation incorporates naturalistic learners is that this can be used as an idea to build outside on a fence to catch rain water to conserve water to assist in watering plants. Also, water is pretty natural and is vital for life. Overall, this installation interweaves the aspects of the different intelligences.

All throughout the creation of the installation I have created a final product that is appealing and the elements are woven together in one thought-provoking, aesthetically-engaging display. I have incorporated the element of movement by the flow of the water moving through the bottles. I have incorporated the element of sound, rhythm, and music at more than one point throughout this installation. The first place that there is any indication of rhythm/sound is the sound of water and beads dropping from bottle to bottle. Another place that there can be music/rhythm/sound is if you, the observer, try out the orffestration that is posted on the display. I have incorporated the element of the use of light or its properties in a couple of ways. The first way is that whenever there is artificial or natural light shining on the bottles there is a reflection from the water on the board. Look very closely! Another way that I have incorporated light is by creating a squishy circuit. I created conductive dough with the recipe from The Art of Tinkering book. From there I gathered copper wire, masking tape, LED lights, and a 9 volt battery. I put the two small wires on the two transistors and attach them with masking tape so they held. Then I took the conductive dough and shaped them like rain drops to symbolize rain drops. I attach the LED light connectors in the conductive dough and finally attached the end of the wires that are attached to the battery to the conductive dough. BAM! We have light! This is the indication that the water is flowing and ready to start its process through its journey. Last but not least, throughout this installation I have used color, texture, and specific material for symbolism. For instance, when you look at the backboard it is made out of a sheet of plywood, which would symbolize your fence in your yard or anything else that you can put bottles on. As mentioned before, the blue rain drops that are conductive dough are used to symbolize rain. My reasoning for using plastic bottles is because I believe that recycling household items to create a project is the way to go. I chose different colors of beads because it is visible when they are flowing from bottle to bottle. Overall, a lot of the color was blue to symbolize water.

An obstacle that I encountered was figuring out how to attach the laundry detergent bottle onto the wall. At first, I tried hot glue, blue tacky, and even Velcro, but none of it would stick or hold the weight when the water came flowing through. I then tried the screw like I did with the other water bottles and it worked just right.

My “Wonderful Water Wall” is important to me because of a variety of reasons. First, I was able to take an initial idea and role with it while overcoming obstacles in the process. I tested and retested my work of art to make sure that it worked in the way I wanted it to. Last but not least, I wanted to create an installation that met the needs and requirements for this project. I hope you enjoy this aesthetically-engaging display.

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How I Designed and Created It

Design and Creation of Wonderful Water Wall

Parts of The Wall

How It Works

Trial #1 Wonderful Water Wall
Trial #2 Wonderful Water Wall
How it All Works

The Process

Where did I find my additional information?

  • When I was searching for my additional information I used Pinterest for a majority of it and it had a variety of options to choose from, but I used some of their ideas to create my own engaging water wall. I also used information out of The Art of Tinkering textbook to guide me in creating my own squishy circuit.

Where did I get the materials that I used?

I gathered my materials from multiple locations:

  • Integrating the Arts Classroom-LED lights
  • Walmart-Copper Wire, 9 Volt battery
  • My House- Plywood, paint for plywood, screwdriver, hammer, screws, nail, juice bottle, food coloring, cream of tartar
  • My Apartment-Water bottles, laundry detergent bottle (rain barrel), beads, scissors

How did my ideas change?

  • I was only going to use water to flow through, but decided to add beads.
  • I was going to have the conductive dough just in balls, but then decided to shape them as rain drops.
  • I was going to use a thinner more flexible piece of wood, but decided that all the weight of the bottles and water would not be able to stand up. Also, the screws would go straight through the back.
  • I was going to keep the plywood bare, but decided to paint it blue to make it more appealing and relate it to water.
  • I was going to use a battery pack, but could not find one anywhere, so I decided to use a 9 volt battery and copper wires to conduct my squishy circuit.

Obstacles and Limitations

  • At first I did not know how I was going to get a screw through the plastic water bottle and plywood, but I experimented and used a hammer and nail to start a hole so it was not as tough.
  • Sometimes the plastic was too tough to cut with scissors.

Things I Learned or Hadn't Considered Before

1. Did not know an individual uses/wastes 70 gallons of water per day.

2. I always took water for granted.

3. I did not know that you could mix water with other things, such as sugar, salt, flour, cream of tarter, etc to make your own squishy circuit with the help of wires, LED lights, and batteries.

4. I had not considered using a broom instead of a hose to clean the driveway.

5. I learned that there needs enough force behind the flow of the water to get it pushing to the next bottle.

6. I had not considered make a rain barrel to conserve run off water from rain storms.

7. I did not realize how vital water is for living care.

8. I learned that learning about water can be aesthetically engaging for all types of learners.

9. I learned multiple ways to help conserve water.

10. I learned that water is everywhere and did not realize it until actually focusing on it I became more aware.

11. I learned that if the plastic bottles are not angled properly the water will not flow through or will miss the next bottle.

Conductive Dough


Water (1 cup)

Flour (1 cup)

Salt (1/4 cup)

Cream of tartar (3 tablespoons)

Vegetable Oil (1 tablespoon)

Food coloring





1. Mix all ingredients together over a pot on medium heat.

2. Stir continuously as the mixture boils and thickens.

3. Keep stirring until it forms a ball in the pot's center.

4. Let cool

5. Knead it on a floured surface until smooth.

Squishy Circuits


LED lights

Copper wire

9 Volt battery

Masking tape


1. Grab two lumps of conductive dough

2. Poke one leg of each LED into one.

3. Take the two copper wires and attach them to the battery transistors with masking tape.

4. Put the other end of the wire each in separate balls of conductive dough.

5. Put the positive from the battery and positive from the LED light and put the negative from the battery and negative from the LED light.

6. BAM!

Squishy circuit

Take a Listen!

Water and Rhythm


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Wilkinson, K., & Petrich, M. (2013). The art of tinkering: Meet 150 makers working at the intersection of art, science et technology. Dorking: Weldon Owen.