False Economies is a sculptural aqueduct using a bamboo armature to house 2000 plastic water bottles. False Economies was exhibited as a finalist in the Willoughby Art Prize, Sydney Fringe at the Forum, Leichhardt and Sculpture at the School at Marrickville High.
Past Indian, Greek and Egyptian societies invested significant scientific and financial resources into their water systems, producing the aqueduct as an elegant and simple solution to the problem of how to transport water. Although the arches are elegant and human sized, standing beneath them we find ourselves in a threshold of attraction and repulsion.
Like water molecules or dew on plants from afar, the translucent bottles appear on closer inspection to provide a perspective on the current international scale of waste.
This work contemplates the real economies of our waste, water and energy infrastructure.