Watershed is inspired by consideration of human relations to earth, water, and food. The artwork emphasizes basic human needs: food - through the incorporation of mature olive trees, and water - the water feature based on an historic "flip-flop flume". In this context, next to a household hazardous waste facility (HHW), they suggest the fundamental aspects of human existence weighed against the continuing stream of materials that moves through our lives at various levels of expense and consequence. The tank stores rainwater from the roof and irrigates 100-year-old olive trees removed to make way for development. The "watershed" is constructed of materials salvaged from the demolition onsite buildings. This tableau of a romantic grove and agricultural watershed with a viewing window into the HHW Building as it processes, packages and ships household hazardous waste creates a juxtaposition inspiring awareness and inspiration for behavior change.
Peter Richards Art