Artbound Commemorates the L.A. Aqueduct Anniversary

Lauren Bon waves to people watching in the Alabama Hills | Photo: Osceola Refetoff.

On November 5, 1913, the Los Angeles Aqueduct began bringing water to the city. 100 years later, KCET is looking at what has happened, what it means, and more across its website. Check out Artbound's aqueduct stories below, and see more stories here.

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Forget Chinatown, Get the Real Story of California's Most Famous Water War

Photo by Kim Stringfellow.

There It Is -- Take It! is an audio tour through the Owens Valley examining the controversial social, political, and environmental history of the Los Angeles Aqueduct system.



AgH2O: Silver, Water, and Pinhole Camera in a Silo

LADWP rehydration projects | Photo: Lauren Bon, AgH2O exhibition catalogue.

Lauren Bon's "Liminal Camera," comprised of a repurposed shipping container mounted on the back of a truck, captures the dessicated Owens Lake in large-scale photographs.



Liminal Elements: A Shipping Container Becomes a Camera Obscura

Liminal camera on Owens dry lake.

The "Liminal Camera," housed in a traveling shipping container, is both a one-of-a-kind camera and serves as its own photo processing center and storage facility.



De-silvering the Mirror: Mining for Film in the Owens Valley

Liminal camera through silo cams lens.

It is a little-known fact that some of the silver and chemicals to produce the films that made Hollywood the global center of the movie industry were extracted from the Owens Valley.



One Hundred Mules: Tracing L.A. Aqueduct with Lauren Bon

Pittsburgh Plate Glass factory

Lone Pine film historian Christopher Langley discusses working with Lauren Bon and the Metabolic Studio on the project AgH20.



Water, Pipeline, and 100 Mules

A team of 52 mules hauls a section of pipe for one of the siphons on the Los Angeles Aqueduct. | Photo: Courtesy of the Eastern California Museum.

Lauren Bon and the Metabolic Studio will perform "One Hundred Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct," a commemorative artist action to connect Los Angeles to its water supply.



There It Is. Take It: 100 Years of the Los Angeles Aqueduct

"There it is. Take it." By Los Angeles Times Staff. | © 1913 Los Angeles Times. Reprinted with permission.

William Mulholland gave L.A. water and a motto to live by. David Ulin ruminates on the lifeblood of California.



Artbound Special Episode 'AgH2O'


Artbound kicked off their third season with a one-hour special looking at Lauren Bon and the Metabolic Studio's "AgH2O."



Camera Obscura: Photographing the Aqueduct

Winter Sunrise, Sierra Nevada from Lone Pine, 1944. Photography by Ansel Adams. Courtesy of Collection Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona. Copyright the Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust.

Nothing is as it seems in many images of the L.A. Aqueduct and its landscape. Take a look at a photographic history of the L.A. Aqueduct.



Repurposing the Los Angeles Aqueduct: A Pathway for Sacred Pilgrimages

Cement channel of Los Angeles Aqueduct in the hills of Pearblossom, California, off U.S. Route 18. | Photo:Tyler Stallings.

What if the L.A. Aqueduct is one day shuttered? Tyler Stallings imagines a future where the aqueduct has been repurposed in a way that reconnects people to the land and the water.



Pivot: Reconceiving Water Scarcity as Design Opportunity

Courtesy of ARID Lands Institute, Ethan Dingwell and Karim Snoussi.

Water scarcity presents a profound challenge and opportunity for designers of the built environment. "Where is it? Let's reuse it" recognizes that maximizing recovery and reuse of rain and stormwater will be central for any city seeking to buffer the effects of climate change.



Riding Along the Aqueduct with '100 Mules'

In the Alabama Hills | Photo: Osceola Refetoff.

Chris Langley rides with Lauren Bon and the Metabolic Studios' "100 Mules Walking the Aqueduct" through the scenic Alabama Hills to Lone Pine in the Owens Valley


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