Our futures are directly linked to the future of water. What will that future be?

Water is life. Its presence affects all living things. From creation stories about life on Earth, to the looming devastating effects of pollution and climate change, water has the power to spread life and rejuvenation as well as death and destruction. Who has access to water? Who decides? These issues raise questions about water as a human right. About our responsibilities to water as a resource and our responsibilities to each other.

DEPTH, our second exhibition, explores water’s intense power — one that creates catastrophic storms and floods — while also showcasing the beauty and life it brings. It weaves a narrative, drawn from scientific research and artistic exploration, that invites visitors to consider how we can value the power of water, understand why it brings us joy and life, stop our abuse of it, and wonder about the undiscovered and unknown. 

From June 8, 2019 until August 17, 2019, DEPTH will be located on the top floor of the Michigan Science Center. Follow the links below to learn more about the exhibition.


  • Rachel Frierson, Director of Programming, Detroit RiverFront Conservancy 

  • Seitu Jones, visual artist and scientist, McKnight Distinguished Artist and Loeb Fellow in the Harvard Graduate School of Design

  • Elizabeth LaPensée, digital game author, Gugenheim Fellow and Assistant Professor of Media & Information and Writing, Rhetoric & American Cultures, Michigan State University

  • Tawana Petty, poet and Data Justice Coordinator, Detroit Community Technology Project

  • Mark Sullivan, photographer, composer, and Creative Director of Science Gallery Detroit


DEPTH is brought to you by our founding partner, Michigan State University Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU), in partnership with the Michigan Science Center, and is supported by Science Sandbox, an initiative of the Simons Foundation.