What if your shower kicked you out when you were wasting water?

Turn off that tap!

Conserving what little water we have access to is one of the most important ways you can combat our climate change issues. In an increasingly drier world, all water consumption needs to be mindful and focused on ways to reduce our water footprint.

A key concern surrounding climate change is the increased stress placed on the world's water supplies. It makes sense if you think about it: with rising temperatures and a changing weather pattern, droughts are set to increase. Not only that, but our water-hungry lifestyle and a growing world population means that H20 is quickly becoming the planet's most valuable resource, creating "water stress". To ensure a supply of healthy and fresh water to ourselves and to future generations, it is important that we become water-wise now.

To help you get thinking about taking shorter showers (one great way to reduce water consumption), we caught up with an amazing designer using art and humour to start a conversation about how we need to change our water consumption habits.

Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Elisabeth Beucher. I am a textile-based installation artist and educator. Originally from France, I live in London and work from my studio in Hackney. I create interactive installations, props and costumes for events, exhibitions, performances, videos and photos.

Tell us about your water-saving shower curtain.

I call it "Spiky". It's a sustainable and inflatable shower curtain from my series "My Shower Curtain is a Green Warrior".The tap has a sensor and after 4 minutes of running water, the sensor triggers the inflation of the spikes via an air inflator.

Spiky gives you 4 minutes under the water before its inflating spikes push you out of the shower. You can’t stand in the shower anymore because the spikes take all the available space. You have to get out and stop using too much water.
- Elisabeth Beucher

I wanted to create this project because I do believe that it is very hard to do things that feel uncomfortable even if it is for our own good (saving water) and we need a little help to force us to do it.

Where did you get the idea?

I see my curtains like alarm clocks: you don't want to get up in the morning but you have to and the alarm clock helps you to do it. The spikes idea comes from a movie by Tim Burton where he was featuring a medieval torture instrument using metal spikes.

Can we have one in our house?? Please??

At the moment it is not a commercial product but an educational art installation. They aim is to provoke a debate around water issues and making people more aware of their consumption.

People get very excited about it for lots of different reasons. I have parents of children with Asperger's who think that would work well for their children. I have teachers and educational publishing companies who asked to publish it for schools books. I had publications in kids as well as mainstream newspapers and magazines.

Where can we find out more about your amazing work?

Check out my website here!

All images property of Elisabeth Beucher

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