Wellesley College, 2016
This site-specific installation is a commentary on the artificiality and unsustainability of Paramecium Pond on the Wellesley College campus. Not known to many, the Pond was created in the 1920s when Wellesley undertook major landscaping projects. It is currently sourced with treated, and potable water from a nearby brook and waterfall known as the Silver Thread.
Every year, the College transports nearly 16% of it’s total water supply (nearly 12 million gallons) to the pond. The use of potable water also raises chemical and energy costs for water treatment. In addition, the lack of an effective drainage system results in the need to dredge and drain the pond every decade further adding to the monetary and environmental strain on the Wellesley ecosystem.
The photographs below show the landscape of and around the Silver Thread and Paramecium Pond, while the drawings illustrate a site plan and the dimensions of the faucet. The installation was built using cardboard, styrofoam and foam core.