Gallery: One artist’s quest to draw attention to the drought

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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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