SPECIAL DELIVERIES 1-3
A series of outdoor sculptures created for the exhibition, H20: The Art of Conservation, at The Water Conservation Garden in El Cajon, CA.
From the outside the installation appears to be three large sized mailboxes planted in terra cotta pots surrounded by succulents. The innocuous suburban exterior is confounded upon closer inspection, when the user discovers unexpected solar panels and door peepholes. Lifting the flag activates animated dioramas within. The peepholes allow for a view of expressionistic interpretations of three important moments in California's water reclamation history. The dioramas include the sinking of the Liverpool Saltworks in the Salton Sink, the assault on the Los Angeles Aqueduct by militants, and the construction of the Hoover Dam. The lettering on each mailbox hints at the contents within and gives viewer clues to the specific points of inspiration for each piece. The pieces are titled as follows: Special Delivery 1: 1905 Salton Sink Stravenue, Special Delivery 2: 1927 No Name Canyon Bypass, and Special Delivery 3: 1934 Black Canyon Terrace.