We’re not even out of winter yet, and already talk of a summer drought is upon us. While the papers rage at imminent hose-pipe bans, performance artist Mark McGowan is taking things further and staging a protest the only way he knows how. Through art. Having previously pushed a peanut across London with his nose to highlight student debt, this time he’s being a little more literal. He’s going to leave six taps running for a year at “secret locations” around the capital, wasting roughly 100 million litres of water. McGowan doesn’t seem to understand why people (particularly the water companies) might be angry at his action. “I understand we are in a drought,” he says. “But I am an artist, so I’m not actually wasting water for nothing.” Art? Oh, well that’s alright, then, Mark.
– Will Brown