Carren's Pitch

Life by Design

History buff that I am, I'm excited to see how this art installation and working system works out!

Text by: Carren Jao
Edited by: Yosuke Kitazawa
Published: 29 Aug 2012, KCET

Water wheel near El Pueblo de Los Angeles ca. 1862 | Courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library
If the 1974 film "Chinatown" has taught us anything, it's that water is a big deal in Los Angeles, then and now. Water helped Los Angeles grow into the bustling metropolis it is today. Now, artist Lauren Bon is giving Los Angeles a glimpse at history with Siempre Agua.

Slated to be built in time for the centennial celebration of the Los Angeles Aqueduct's opening in November 2013, Siempre Agua is a three-part piece that consists of the zanja, represented by the 72-inch diameter tunnel buried 30 feet below the ground that will divert L.A river water; LA Noria, or 60-foot water wheel; and the Delta of Mt. Whitney, a 2-acre wetland area on the Los Angeles State Historic Park that will receive the diverted water.

When finished, water from the Los Angeles River would be carried through the tunnel, disinfected with ultra-violet light and distributed for non-potable uses in and around the State Park, including a man-made habitat on State Park property. It is designed help alleviate annual water demands for the park, representing a savings of $101,000 each year in water costs. [read more]


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