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UA adendment Water project

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Thomas M Holaday (tholaday)
Mon, 2 Nov 1998 20:00:06 -0700 (MST)


The artist Buster Simpson, has created a work that addresses the issue
of water polution. His project "Downspout 1978" is located at Pike street
public market in Downtown Seattle. He grew ferns in the plumbing pipes
attached to the side of a building. These "vertical landscapes" functioned
as a water retention system for rain runoff from city rooftops. The ferns
grow out of an elbow in the pipe system. He also improved the quality of
the water before it went down to the storm drain and then the sewer
system. He put limestone in the elbow of the pipe, thus decresing the
"acidicy" of the water. So in the end he created the perfect environment
for the ferns to grow, and also improved the water from storm water
overflow.
Thomas Holday