These two works illustrate the way rainwater can be harvested and reused within buildings. Both projects involve harvesting systems on the roof which bring water down into an interior courtyard with a pool containing aquatic plant life, and possibly fish and other marine life as well.

The first project utilizes moving water to generate energy. A chute directs harvested rainwater into a series of wheels, which rotate, releasing water into the pool below. While the wheels are designed to be aesthetically elegant visual components, they also power generators which serve as a source of electricity within the building. The wheels remain still during most times, and are only put in motion during rainfall. The act of generating electricity is illustrated through a series of underwater lights which become illuminated when the wheels are activated.

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Water Garden I, 2017, Rainwater, waterwheels, LED lights, plant life, and marine animals, 73 x 43 x 71 feet

The second version consists of a similar environment, but in place of of components which rotate, instead involves components which vibrate and resonate with sound. Water is directed through a series of chains suspended from the ceiling, causing the chains to rattle, while some of the chains are placed above bells located near the surface of the pool. Water from the chains falls onto the bells creating a soft ringing sound as well.

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Water Garden II, 2017, Rainwater, chains, bells, plant life, and marine animals, 73 x 43 x 75 feet

Both versions of the Water Garden portray water as an activating element, which brings the works to life. The idea of water as a life-giving element is also emphasized by the presence of aquatic plant life. The pools remain full at all times, circulating the existing water, and being replenished with new water during rainfall, allowing excess water to then be routed to additional irrigation systems on the grounds, or to be reutilized in toilets or as process water within the building.

Water Gardens | 2017 | Projects, Public Works