Really Blue Water (Agua Realmente Azul) 2009
Really Blue Water, a collaboration with Marcus Ahlers, was a solar still that purified water from the Choluteca river in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Large sections of downtown Tegucigalpa were destroyed by floods when the river overflowed its banks as a result of Hurricane Mitch in 1998. The ruined areas still have not been rebuilt and the river still overflows each time there is significant rain in the headwaters, leaving huge sections of the city in precarious shambles. We used rubble from destroyed houses found on the river banks in order to construct a functional solar still. Contaminated water from the river is poured into the still which symbolically returns drops of clean water to the river.