This past week was a busy one at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA. On Sunday, I gave my first talk about Taking on Water, my upcoming book, to a great audience of family, friends and even kids! During the week, I served as an artist-in-residence, working with visitors on a collaborative art project to build a large wave covered with recycled denim. The form measured about nine feet long by seven feet wide by six feet tall, and represented the volume of water required to make one pair of blue jeans (roughly 2,200 gallons!)–its water footprint. The event was a great success with hundreds of kids and their families participating. Participants drew pictures, wrote messages about water, signed their names to patches of denim and affixed them to the wave form. Most were surprised to learn how much water it takes to make our clothing, grow our food and otherwise provide for our lifestyles.