Be Water, My Friend is a mural showing the water cycle, situated in and around the island of Aegina. It is a simple design made by Navine G. Dossos as part of the collective works of Vessel and was created by the local community of the island, led by the artist Aristeidis Lappas in January 2024.
Vessel has created a new mural artwork at the flood-damaged playground. The work, titled Be Water My Friend is part of a wider project Vessel are working on to bring together peoples’ stories from that day to raise awareness of climate change, tangibly and forcibly brought to our attention through this event. These elements will be presented in an accompanying exhibition looking at the water cycle and how it manifests on the island in our water use and water management.
This work was created with the support of EMST (National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens) whose Extra Muros project aims to see more projects made outside of Athens and in local communities beyond the capital city. This reflects the aims of Vessel, an arts collective and studio that is interested in engaging with local issues through a lens of contemporary art but also ecological and cultural entanglement.
Creating this work in a local playground is not just a response to the fact that this important local site was destroyed by floodwater. It is also an important site of learning and engagement for children. We believe that it is important to begin conversations and understanding about the finite resources we have at an early age, and for there to be a role for learning alongside play.