The Cistern Fantapparatus

Turn on the faucet and it comes gushing out in plentiful never-ending quantity. The Colorado River, which dug the Grande Canyon, no longer reaches the Gulf of Mexico; rather it runs out into a trickle in the desert. Twenty-eight dams providing most of the water for the southwest United States, Las Vegas, golf courses, resorts, agriculture all drain this powerful river down to nothing. Dry.

The Cistern Fantapparatus

Water. This substance on which life depends. So plentiful. 2/3 of our planet is covered by water, but 1/3 of all lakes, rivers, and fresh water tributaries are polluted beyond drinking.

The Cistern Fantapparatus detail

Think about it, water conservation is a very real and pressing issue, some say the most important of environmental issues. What will happen if we run out?

The Cistern Fantapparatus is a machine that demonstrates the fragility of water as an essential natural resource. A machine that encases and protects water but also holds it up, sacred, for contemplation. The water reservoir that is contained and propelled by the machine surrounding it reads as an undulating mystical oracle that cradles the sacred substance: water. This Fantapparatus is no simple machine. It is the work of systematic symmetrical passion, where material and metaphor are merged into a whirligig of monumental scale. A convoluted, fantastical, overbuilt, and deliberate structure is piecemealed together from materials both archaic and futuristic.

The Cistern Fantapparatus detail

Each component and connection of the machine is manipulated in service to the overall aesthetic and conceptual content of the work. This aesthetic is devised to give a timeless quality to the object through a combination of elements. Some of these elements look old and worn, while others appear new or futuristic. Although the motive of The Cistern Fantapparatus is an environmental one, its overall meaning is derived from a merger of the working process and this environmental issue of water conservation. The problem solving involved in creating something that has never been made before, inventing, is essential in the creation of meaning in my work. With invention I tap into the deep well of the lost or discarded items of our industrialized culture to create commentary on the result of our ‘throw it away don’t fix it’ attitude.

CASE STUDIES

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Vindo de Cabo Verde

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The Last Grass Machine

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Mobile Life Support Unit - Model 1

Mobile Life Support Unit - Model A

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