Hose cactus

Hose cactus in social art plastics  with WC valve Hose cactus

Hose cactus in social art plastics  with WC valve Hose cactus

Hose cactus in social art plastics  with WC valve Hose cactus

Hose cactus in social art plastics  with WC valve Hose cactus

Hose cactus in social art plastics  with WC valve Hose cactus

Hose cactus in social art plastics  with WC valve Hose cactus

These cactus, are work Brian Jewett did before he left Los Angeles 4 years ago. Water is becoming a huge issue in the western US as it is in many places around the globe. He felt the use of garden hose with the iconic image of the cactus set up a very powerful conversation between form and material that addresses many issues of water waste and conservation. Cactus is of course a strong symbol of both lack of water and careful water conservation at the same time. The spines even speak to the rather prickly and defensive nature of the topic. On the materials side the garden hose speaks to the rampant waste of water by resorts and home owners by trying to impose lawns on the very environment the cactus comes from. The valve handles represent the many choices to conserve or waste that we all make every day. As a little bonus surprise, when you look straight down into the cactus you find a drain at it’s center that reminds us that scarce and valuable water is getting away from us and going down the drain on a daily basis.

++ Brian Jewett

[Update 08/16/2011] : DIY instructions are available at Instructables website !

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7 Comments

  1. biiARTS - November 17, 2010

    Fun and excellent at the same time ! Congratulations Brian!

  2. Jan D. - November 27, 2010

    My first thought was is was a sprinkler system. Not sure that goes with the concept but maybe there’s something there to be developed into a way to destribute recyled water to water a venue. I know a church, golf course and county project that do that.
    These could look like plants on the grounds.

    Well constructed idea that could be further developed

  3. billARTS - March 9, 2011

    Love the cactus sculptures! Smart and creative reuse of materials with a ecological inference attached. Congratulations Brian!

  4. Sobaka Kachalova via Facebook - November 16, 2012

    very cool))

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