Artist calls attention to climate change with Water for Life
Gierle – Anita Fleerackers from Gierle (Lille) is launching her own project Water for Life. After participating in the Water for Life exhibition in Mexico in late March, the artist, along with her husband Staf Campforts, is trying to set an example herself to recover as much water as possible.
Anita Fleerackers is best known for her works in ceramics, sculptures, paintings and, since 2021, digital art. Just this spring, the artist with her studio at Hemeldonk in Gierle participated in the Water for Life exhibition in Cancun, Mexico. The theme of water is, of course, central to it.
Anita Fleerackers now also has a Water for Life project at her home. “We have to be economical with water on the one hand, and on the other hand we have to collect rainwater to get through the droughts,” explains Anita Fleerackers. “Our driveway, a large patch of asphalt, was an eyesore for us. When it rained heavily, the water gushed into the street. So we laid permeable and circular tiles, in different sizes. We chose white clover, wild thyme and sedum for planting. Our driveway is now not only permeable to water, but also a rich asset for bees.” The couple also constructed a second cistern to recover additional water.
Anita Fleerackers invites everyone to come learn about Water for Life on Saturday, Oct. 15 and Sunday, Oct. 16, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each time. There is an ongoing exhibition of artwork and photographs from the Water for Life expo in Mexico. Mayor Marleen Peeters (NVA) and alderman Luc De Backer (Inzet) of Lille helped kick off the water-friendly project.