ADAPTING TO MELTING GLACIERS
EL ULTIMO TRAGO/THE LAST GULP
2008 - PRESENT
SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA
The Water Cart was originally created as a rolling altar to honor the melting Andean glaciers for Dia de Los Muertos/Day of the Dead. Tropical glaciers are melting at a hair-raising rate. Their runoff supports agriculture, hydroelectric stations and vast populations, urban and rural along the Pacific slope of the Andes. In La Paz, approximately 30% of municipal water has been derived from this source.
The Cart is a trickster piece. When thirsty participants belly up for a drink, it creates a chance to open up conversation around these issues. Bottle labels display Before-After changes along the entire chain from Ecuador to Chile. Since 2008 the Cart has made many outings to street festivals, protests, art exhibits and conferences.