Last summer, a friend of Micah MacArthur took him to the public well on Pryor Street in Bay View.
"Figuring that Riverwest is superior I decided it was time for us to have a tastier alternative," says MacArthur, who has lived in the neighborhood for five years.
Last week, MacArthur, who is a licensed plumber, installed a drinking fountain on the 3100 block of Booth Street which is where he lives. It is for both humans and pets to access.
"I prefer to call them ‘fountains’ but ‘Booth Street bubbler’ has a good ring to it," he says.
The fountain / bubbler was leftover from a box factory in the Third Ward and MacArthur rescued it from the trash.
"The metal plate at its base was also rescued from the factory," he says.
MacArthur is also an artist who likes to make furniture and art from found objects and cast-off materials.
"(The Booth Street bubbler) is a political commentary on the death of our public spaces, and a simple act of defiance to those in power, who seem to want us to believe that we are too poor to do things that benefit our community," says MacArthur.