Rubén Ortiz-Torres. Alien Toy (La Ranfla Cósmica), 1997 | Collection of Tom Patchett, courtesy of Track 16, Los Angeles

Artbound Special: One Hundred Mules Walking the L.A. Aqueduct

Artbound travels with Lauren Bon and Metabolic Studio as they perform "One Hundred Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct," a commemorative artist action to reconnect Los Angeles to its water supply by walking the entire 240-mile route of the Los Angeles Aqueduct with a team of 100 mules.

This hour-long documentary captures the epic 240-mile journey along the Los Angeles aqueduct, commemorating the centenary of its opening on Nov. 5, 2013. The patient, steadfast pace of 100 mules over the course of 20 days provides a moment of meditation on the nature of our watershed. Mules were used to haul the gigantic pipes into place and transport the materials for the miles of concrete channels that exported water from the Eastern Sierras to Los Angeles. The journey took place on Oct. 18, 2013, drawing the line between the Intake and the Cascades, the beginning and the end point of this engineered lifeline of the city of Los Angeles.

Featuring interviews with Michal Govan, President of LACMA, and Jonathan Parfrey, executive director of Climate Resolve, "One Hundred Mules" marks the second part of the trilogy series presented by Artbound and Metabolic Studio. The first installment showcased Metabolic Studio's "AgH2O" project, which connects the elements mined from the Owens Valley, silver and water, to the emergence of the film industry. The trilogy concludes with Metabolic Studio's most ambitious project, "Bending the River into the City," a piece of engineering proposed for a new century in which the L.A. River will be dammed, its concrete jacket punctured and its water lifted sixty feet from the river basin to the top of a sixty foot water wheel before it is treated and redistributed in the city's first community water bank.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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