Bending the River Back Into the City
2012–present
Downtown Los Angeles

Bending the River Back into the City is a sculptural artwork that utilizes Los Angeles’ first water commons and allows the currency of water to create social capital. This long-term project will clean LA River water to potable standards, and the water will become part of a distribution network that will deliver water to individuals, organizations, and institutions. This phased project will begin to manifest in 2018 with the creation of an inflatable dam that will sit in the LA River—bending and driving a percentage of the river water through a diversion canal, and into a treatment facility. Bending the River Back into the City will eventually provide a waterwheel named LA Noria that reanimates the legacy of the waterwheels that drove water on and around the site in the 19th century.

 

 

Bending the River Back Into the City, 2012–present
Bending the River Back Into the City, 2012–present
Bending the River Back Into the City, 2012–present
Bending the River Back Into the City, 2012–present
Bending the River Back Into the City, 2012–present
Bending the River Back Into the City, 2012–present
Bending the River Back Into the City, 2012–present
Bending the River Back Into the City, 2012–present
Bending the River Back Into the City, 2012–present
Bending the River Back Into the City, 2012–present
Bending the River Back Into the City, 2012–present
Bending the River Back Into the City, 2012–present
Bending the River Back Into the City, 2012–present
Bending the River Back Into the City, 2012–present
Bending the River Back Into the City, 2012–present
Bending the River Back Into the City, 2012–present