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