Alongside San Jose’s new Household Hazardous Waste Facility, a 6,600 gallon tank collects and stores rainwater captured from the building. The water is used to irrigate a grove of newly transplanted 100 year old olive trees, grapevines and star jasmine. The adjacent “watershed” is constructed of materials salvaged from the demolition of an onsite building. This structure serves as an armature for a water feature and a place to watch the processing of hazardous wastes inside the building. The installation explores the divide between what we want and what we need.
Location: Environmental Innovation Center, San Jose, CA
Collaborators: SWA Group, Mary Soulis
Fabricators: Gizmo Art Production Inc, MPM Concrete Construction, Rain Harvesting Solutions
Size: Installation site ‐ 165’ x 30'
Materials: salvaged steel & wood, concrete, a water recirculation & irrigation system, transplanted olive trees
Agency: San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs