- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 20, 2015

FLINT, Mich. (AP) - A traveling art display made from empty plastic bottles is highlighting problems with Flint’s water supply over the past year.

Flint artist Desiree Duell has been drinking bottled water since the city cut ties with Detroit’s system and started getting water from the Flint River, The Flint Journal reported (https://bit.ly/1Kjow7U ). The change spurred complaints about the water’s taste, smell and appearance as well as health issues.

Officials say there are individual cases of problems but water quality has improved with additional testing, better treatment, repairs and other fixes. Tests have shown the water meets all safety standards.

Duell said her son asked her if they were going to make an art project out of the empty water bottles, so they made a silhouette of him out of them.

“I thought, let’s do it with other children, other community members,” Duell said.

Duell equipped 1,500 refilled bottles of water with lights. People can use them to make their own creations.

“You can compose whatever you want,” she said.

The project was unveiled earlier this month at Woodside Church. Duell is holding workshops for residents to put their own touch on the project. They’re scheduled for June 12 and 19 at the Hispanic Community Technology Center, with a reception on June 26.

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Information from: The Flint Journal, https://www.mlive.com/flint

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