Artist Mundano traveled California with a giant bright-green cactus to convey the urgency of vanishing water.
The drought in California is the worst in 1,200 years. Brazilian artist Mundano — known for calling attention to the water crisis in his hometown of São Paulo — recently toured the state and installed his eye-catching artworks in lakes, reservoirs and locations affected by the lack of water. We joined him on his journey.
A cactus is an oasis in the desert
Mundano’s tour included eight lakes and reservoirs that supply the cities of California — and crucially, also supply the farmers of the Central Valley, who produce a full 25% of all the food consumed in the United States. At each site, Mundano installed a cactus sculpture constructed from recycled water pipes. Here, Lake McClure in Mariposa County, California, where the water is currently at 8% capacity.
When the pipes run dry, tap a cactus
Mundano’s cactus has become an…
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