We may not realize it, but water is invisible. It is hidden all around us. It is a heart stream of a production line of most objects and materials we use every day, ranging from goods to energy, to manufactured products, but mostly it is hidden in our food.  

This water is called virtual water, a water that is needed to produce these products, but the one we don’t directly interact with. This water has 3 water footprints: blue – fresh and ground water, green – water that ends up in soils after rains, and gray – polluted water. Each product has its own water footprint that holds a fraction of blue, green or gray ‘flavors’.


// CONCEPT: Product Database

By interacting with Aigua Invisible (Invisible Water) installation, visitors will gain knowledge about water footprints of most common food products consumed every day in Europe, with the source of this water being represented in 3 colors: blue, green, and gray. In order to clearly visualize the idea behind the notion of ‘water footprint’ the structure’s skin is comprised of a multitude plastic bottles. Number of bottles that light up with each showcased product proportionally correspond to its real water footprint in invisible liters.

The installation is operating within a concept of  data visualization, representing it through a series of dynamic animation sequences with an aim of providing an experience that is both educational and entertaining.



// TECHNOLOGY : Workflow Diagram





//Project Credits

Students: Abrar Ali, Aniket Vijay Sonawane, Ashwin Parandhaman, Chirag Harshadbhai Shah, Daniel Soiral, Elena Petruzzi, Elizaveta Veretilnaya, Hairati Tupe, Igwehi Inegbedion, Jiaqi Sun, Jose Rigoberto Moreno, Kajal Unahariya, Laukik Lad, Lekha Gajbhiye, Mahathir Aqeel Kamoor Sourjah, Nan Yin, Prarthana Sudhindra, Rana Ibrahim, Uri Lewis, Xingyu Zhang, Yasmine Chacour, Ziying Zeng
Faculty: Cristian Rizzuti and Pablo Ros