FLOW is an installation in metal and glass inspired by the condition of the
fresh water resources of the Columbia Basin. The overall design features my
interpretation of a hydroelectric turbine. Included within the model are
representations of the turbine blades, generator, transmission lines and
wicket gates--- that which controls the flow of water from the input pipes.
Within each wicket gate is a circle of glasswork that symbolizes water,
working its way in sequence from top to bottom suggesting the hydrologic
cycle (evaporation, condensation, etc.). Materials utilized with specific
relevance to the model include: several trampoline frames (and springs)
signifying the rise and fall of water levels; and stove-top elements,
indicative of our consumption of electricity.
Deborah Thompson, Curator,
Museum of Art &